Time for a change

Photo courtesy of Priya Bajpal

Time for a change

For John she dazzled and sparkled — bold, vivid, the envy of his friends. It ended in a conflagration, volcanic in intensity. She survived in the embers and in time emerged like pale smoke.

And coiled herself around Ian, all smooth curves, soft edges. She blended in, as he wanted, cool beige and white, transparent, until she became invisible to him and he moved on.

She’d been who they needed, these two and those before them, and they were generous while it lasted, more than they knew. 

Now is her time. She feels suffused with a golden glow, rich with possibility.


This story is for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

28 thoughts on “Time for a change

    • She has played the game, that’s true. I’m thinking that she’s been a little wiser than many others in setting herself up for a way out when the time was right. I’m glad you liked it, Dale. Thank you.

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    • She has gained from her experience. I’m so glad that came through. I was trying to paint her as being more in control than might have been expected, but I’m not sure if I succeeded.


  1. This is so true, for the younger still to some extent, and very much so for many of us who are older. Always meeting men’s expectations, rarely having one’s own met. Great story, Margaret. I’m glad she found herself and now knows what she wants.


  2. Dear Margaret,

    After reading through the comments, I see that I got the shape-shifter part right. Yes, we women do tend to be shape shifters to please our men…and sometimes our friends, don’t we? Well done. Love the colorful descriptions.




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