Daily Flash Fiction Challenge 101: The Brideless Man

This is the 101st in a series of 365 Flash Fiction stories I’m writing. You can find out more about the challenge here.

The Brideless Man, by Jonathan L. Lawrence, 12th March 2013

Word count: 632

The story:

“She loves me!” Jackson shouted at the top of his voice.

Neither the universe, or the house he was shouting at answered. Undeterred the tempestuous youth parked himself on the opposite curb and waited.

Just moments before he had told the object of good affections father of how he felt about her, and asked the fathers permission to marry her.

The reaction hadn’t been what he expected.

“No,” he said with finality.

“We love each other,” Jackson had protested.

“Come near her and I’ll kill you,” the man had said with a cool anger that had scared the young man, but it would take more than that to break Jackson’s feelings, and the father saw that, “I will rip your still beating heart from your chest, remove all your bodily organs, starting from the outside and working in, if you so much as come with a hundred yards of my daughter, do you understand? Now get out before I get angry.”

Jackson wasn’t dejected though, he was scared, and he was angry, but most of all he was still determined. He’d been through so much to get here, and he knew Sarah loved him. If facing down her oppressive father, and beating all the odds thrown at him he would.

Sarah was his childhood sweetheart, and he wasn’t about to let her go easily. He still remembered that first day at school, when he was very lonely and she had given him a sweet, and said “I’ll be your friend.” He’d loved her ever since.

Down the end of the streets blue flashing caught his eyes, he’d not noticed the sirens, but now he couldn’t help but here their cries.

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