by E. M. Eastick
The grown children greeted him cordially, curiously; a long-lost relative come to pay respects to their father, the family resemblance unmistakeable – a familiar stranger.
The widow paled and reached for the photo frame perched on the coffin. Every detail was the same: the hair, the clothes, the casual smile. She remembered the day, a week before their wedding. They were young, in love and shamefully naïve.
“How?” she whispered, conscious of her age-torn face.
“Forgive me, dear.” He smiled sadly and turned for the door.
In her hands, the picture faded. Tears streaked the glass of wasted years. “I do.”
Author bio: E. M. Eastick is an Australian writer of no-fixed form or genre, whose creative efforts have appeared in The Literary Hatchet, Space Squid, and many fine anthologies.
Regret is part of 101 Fiction issue 23.