Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – The Bills


friday-fictioneers-9162016-shaktikiff2The letters were stacked high on the kitchen table. Bills. They were four months behind on their mortgage. The last letter warned of foreclosure.

Sighing wearily, she walked to the basement where her husband often hid-out, drinking booze and smoking marijuana. He’d told her it made him relax.

She could smell the pungent odor as she descended the stairs. Her decision to leave him hardened.

He was lying on the cement floor.

Shocked at the needle hanging from his vein; a note on his lap.

‘The insurance money should be enough for you and the kids.’

“Coward”, she screamed.

2016©Isadora DeLaVega

Word Count: 100
Genre: Flash Fiction

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Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

36 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The Bills

  1. So real, so raw—-well done!

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  2. To me often the end matters a lot, especially in a story. And in this one too, it did the trick! I was kind of expecting her husband to be dead as she walked to the basement but wasn’t expecting it to be a suicide and the ‘Coward’ broke my heart! I feel for the woman and kids he left behind…indeed a ‘coward.’


  3. Intense. But yes the bills give us a stress that sometimes we feel that we can not escape.

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  4. I was aware that insurance companies often won’t pay when it’s a suicide. The poor woman would have to just start over. It’s heartbreaking. That’s reality,though. Good writing. —- Suzanne

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  5. Addiction meddles with your brain, so all I can be is sorry for the guy, but I don’t blame her for wanting to leave him. I hope she burns the note though (see Russel’s comment about insurance). Can still go as unintentional overdose then. Sad and powerful story.

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    • I agree with you on addiction meddling with the brain. He was pitiful. She needed more, I suppose.
      I’ve learned a lot from this short little story I wrote from you and Russel. Life sometimes hands people a
      a burden heavier than they can handle. ~~~ : – ( I appreciate your visit and wonderfully enlightening comment.
      It helps me grow as a writer and a person. Thank you …
      Isadora 😎

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  6. Unfortunately, most insurance companies won’t pay in the case of a suicide. That just leaves her with more problems on her hands including funeral expenses. Sad tale, but very well told.

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    • Oh my, I didn’t know that about insurance policies. Who says you can’t learn something everyday…???!!!
      An interesting twist to my story. I suppose that would be the next chapter if I were to continue the sad tale.
      I appreciate your informative comment, rGayer. Thank you for that and for visiting my neighborhood.
      Have a wonderful week.
      Isadora 😎


  7. Powerful imagery Isadora. Very powerful.

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  8. So very sad, and such misunderstanding that it was just the money that mattered… maybe they should have spent time talking about something else than the financial problems.

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    • Coping with financial stress can be overwhelming for some. It’s sad, indeed.
      This was a story told to me. Of course, I’ve fictionalized it. I’m sure there are many out there
      with these problems. Thank you for stopping by, Bjorn, and leaving your insightful comment.
      Isadora 😎


  9. This is a very sad story, addiction to drugs of any sort is a curse, one that society is not dealing with.

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    • I believe your right, Michael. There should be more done in that area. Unfortunately, drugs are much more readily
      available than mental health services.
      Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your comment. I appreciate it very much.
      Isadora 😎


  10. A very sad way to shoulder your responsibilities, and to discard them at the same time. Well done.

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  11. Oh! A tragic and unexpected end. Well done.

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  12. Hello Isadora
    I wish you a successful new week.

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  13. Great story Isadora! Lot of mixed emotions caused in this piece!

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  14. Querida Isadora,

    A coward perhaps, but he saved her the trouble of leaving. Powerful story.

    Shalom, y abrazos,


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    • Querida Rochelle,
      What lurks behind the doors of married couples???
      For sure, only they know the dark secrets.
      This wife in shock sat rocking and repeating the word ‘Coward.’
      A powerful event for me to hear from someone I always feared leaving for work.
      Thank you for always leaving a comment and visiting. I always look forward to your feedback.
      Abrazos y adios,
      Isadora 😎


  15. Ha! only if he made the monthly payments!

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  16. Powerful and brutal tale.

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  17. Very powerful Isadora, and ‘coward’ indeed, though pressure can do that to people…

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    • Yes, pressure is handled differently by everyone. Families of people who
      commit suicide feel they leave a huge whole for them to fill. I can’t imagine
      what words she would use to tell her children. Indeed, a story I thought long about
      before writing. It was an event told to me that I fictionalized for less impact.
      I’m pleased you enjoyed it enough to leave a comment. Thank you.
      Isadora 😎

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