hammond by parenthesized

11 Jan

He was tall and clean-shaven.  He had strong hands, hands that had seen work in their time.  He had a full head of hair, brown waves that lay tousled on his head.  He was lean and muscular.  He competed in triathlons and had written a novel.  He was handsome, gifted, and a gentleman.  John was everything Hammond was not.

And it was Hammond’s misfortune to see this man every day, to see the man who had taken Hammond’s wife and transformed her into John’s wife, soon-to-be-mother of John’s children.  Hammond was just the mailman who peeked through the window, trying to catch a glimpse of the life he never would have had in the first place.

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3 Responses to “hammond by parenthesized”

  1. ingridfnl January 11, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    🙂 love the twist in this! it is also sad… poor Hammond.

  2. jadamthwaite January 11, 2010 at 7:38 pm #

    Oh I love this! I really like the twist (and didn’t see it coming at all). Indeed, poor Hammond. 😦

  3. phoenix.writing January 16, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    ^ I agree. Nice twist in such a concise story.

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