Architects in Love

Thank you to Anne Higa for the picture of the Bell Tower in Pisa and to Rochelle for posting it to challenge us with this prompt to produce a 100-word piece of flash fiction for Friday Fictioneers.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Anne Higa

Architects in Love

When visiting Pisa, I fell in love with Angelina.
We held hands and debated the construction mistakes made in building the famous bell tower. 

I loved the way she flicked the Fettunta crumbs from her chin. I watched over my Chianti how she puckered her lips around the Picipasta.
She leaned against my shoulder and promised to meet every summer in Pisa. 

Each August, I sat alone by the tower. I knew why.

This year she came. She smiled and trembled as I kissed her temple.
Laughing in her wheelchair, I pushed her around the tower.

For her last time.

32 responses to “Architects in Love

  1. A perfect story of love,betrayal, and renewal. Beautifully done

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  2. Much said in this touching piece. Well crafted, James.

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  3. A poignant piece indeed, James.

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  4. too bad it ended that way. sad story.

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  5. The feelings came through very strongly in your story.
    Isadora 😎

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  6. Aw, what a bittersweet tale. Wonderful details and storytelling, James!

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  7. I wasn’t expecting that rather sad ending 😦

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  8. Neat little way to wind it up at the end and take it from sweet to bitter
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    • I always wonder if my story has a different meaning to what the reader thinks.
      In 100 words it may not be clear.
      Angelina did not appear as promised every summer, because she was very ill and dying. Thank you.

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  9. So very poignant and beautifully done, James.

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  10. Dear James,

    There’s a lot of story between the lines. You left me wanting more. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  11. A lovely story, James, albeit with years of disappointment for one. At least he got to say farewell though. Well done.

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  12. michael1148humphris

    What a beautiful and sad story

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    • Thanks Michael, how are you. I am still blocked from making comments on your site, I suspect there is some bug in my settings. Your’s is not the only one. Enjoy the coming spring on the farm.

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  13. Such a tender story, filled with love and loss. Very well told James.

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  14. Such a bittersweet story. I’m glad they got their one visit to the tower at last.

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  15. You told that just right, James.

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  16. I really appreciated this story, James and that you portrayed so well what it is like to live with a life threatening disease with the longing to love and be loved, yet the obstacles in your way. It would make a lovely longer story.
    My daughter is only 16 and the ups and downs of romance that go on, and recently one of her prospects moved away not because he had any say in it. His family moved. The words of Yesterday come to me reading this.
    Anyway, I’d better get to sleep.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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