Alfresco Dining…


High up on a hilltop he watched from his porcelain throne as she approached the front door of their marital home. The divorce settlement stipulated that she be gifted all four walls, and all four walls she would have – nothing more – nothing less.

With vindictive relish he’d stripped the property – first of its photos, then its furniture – the copper pipes, the electrics and finally the masonry, pairing back and back until the whole structure balanced precariously on a delicate outer eggshell.

A key turning in the lock was all it took – a seismic surge through gossamer that reduced the prize to worthless ash…


Written for: Friday Fictioneers


Filed under Flash fiction, short story

32 responses to “Alfresco Dining…

  1. Brilliant strategy for revenge 🙂

  2. Dear Martin,

    How fitting. An ash for an ass.



  3. This reminds me of a scene from the 1994 film “True Lies” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Tom Arnold’s character Gib is describing what happened to him during his second divorce:

    “Same thing happened to me with wife number two, ‘member? I have no idea nothing’s going on, right? I come home one day and the house is empty, and I mean completely empty. She even took the ice cube trays out of the freezer. What kind of a sick b*tch takes the ICE CUBE trays out of the FREEZER?”

  4. Well, if she deserved that kind of meanness, then I guess she deserved it. Seems a bit over the top, though. Of course, if all he has is the toilet, I guess that’s fitting 🙂

  5. Sadly, I don’t think it will bring him what he craves for. Nice one.

  6. Dale

    I guess this was not what one would call a friendly divorce… Eeesh…

  7. Some guys just never get over rejection, do they? Good one.

  8. Excellent story of revenge.😂

  9. Wow! That guy is really bittter! Nice take on the prompt Martin

  10. ‘Porcelain throne’ – love it. Great story.

  11. I hope she didn’t have time to enter the property before it collapsed.

  12. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    Oh he did get his revenge. Very creative take on the prompt.

  13. Hell hath no fury like a woman. oops a man scorned. Good one, MARTIN.

  14. Wow! That was a nasty divorce. Well, she did get the house…so…

  15. A different take on this one. Well thought out.

  16. If this fellow could put his inventive talent to good use he’d be in clover rather than left in the loo.

  17. Have you got a photo – I’d hate to have any of my friends become his next wife. What revenge. Great story and nice twist at the end wreaking even more revenge.

  18. Wickedly vindictive to the core. Hope no one gets inspired by you!

  19. Hell has no fury like a man divorced 🙂

  20. Whoa! Revenge is certainly sweet. And what an odd settlement – all four walls. That would certainly make me raise an eyebrow.

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