Welcome to the fifth Short Story of the Month!
Today is first of April and it is April Fools Day! This year, though very few people would be playing pranks on each other since most people’s reality today is having to keep social distance and being under lock down. I think we would all wish for all of this to be one big bad joke and go away. Yet, it is going to be our constant reality for the next fourteen days. And perhaps even more.
This time around though I am not just bringing to attention one story but a bunch of stories that are less than 100 words revolving around the theme of love. These flash fiction stories are published on New York Times and they chronicle our modern conceptions of love. Although, there are 5 in total on one page, I am going to focus on the first one, No More We, Just I by Jennifer Brule
What is the story about?
The story is about a woman chronicling her relationship with a man and captures its many transformations both material and emotional. The reason I chose this story in particular is because it shows a heartbreaking and ironic climax that happens on an April Fool’s Day.
The writer begins by talking about how she married her love, how they had kids and how it was not her but him who progressed on the professional front while she was left alone to tend to the children.
The writer has also brilliantly used the parenthesis to lay bare the false sense of union in a marriage. Although, society would say that the couple achieves and goes through trials and tribulations together, that is not always the case such as raising children or achieving professional goals.