Friday Fictioneers – Gaslight

PHOTO PROMPT © Trish Nankivell

He is angry. But he curbs it well, speaking calmly and slowly. Or at least, I think he’s angry. Maybe he isn’t. It could just be my projection. I know there’s a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach.

“Why did you leave the seat down again?” he asks. “You did it to annoy me, right?”

Though I shake my head, I feel the dread of speaking, of contradicting him.

And he could be right. He says I don’t know myself well. That might be true. And what would I do without him to pay the bills?


Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

62 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Gaslight

  1. Impending violence, and she knows it. My question is, why WOULD she put the seat down when she knows it’s going to earn her a beating? After the first time, I seriously doubt i would forget.

    And she needs to run away.

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  2. Immediately I thought that guy is angry about the seat being down, because he has gone to the toilet in the night and peed without looking to see if the toilet seat is up or down. But seriously, living with someone with such bad anger issues would be hell, and a particular kind of hell during lockdown, with less options for escape..

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