My mind is working at warped speed, sending mixed signals to my psyche. Reflecting on this recent event at the hospital, I’m reminded of how careless I was. My husband accused me of deliberately hurting him.

Wheeling that heavy mass of a narcissist through endless corridors, navigating to yet another medical appointment, took all my strength.  His weight was too much to push, but I stayed on it. The strain on my neck, arms and back was causing excruciating pain. Abruptly, my hands released from the push bars. The slight downward incline propelled my husband forward to the ground. Instantly, expletives sent shock waves, as a nurse ran to his aid. I was paralyzed with fear of the backlash coming my way. My cheeks burned with embarrassment. “It was an accident.“ I pleaded for forgiveness.

My heart beats at an accelerated pace, delirium takes over my thoughts. Angered now, I go into self protection mode. The daily complaining of my shortcomings replays in my mind  

“The stew wasn’t as good as last time. The clothes need to smell better after washing. Why can’t you remember to load the dishwasher correctly?” He is fearless in his delivery.

I’m back in the moment as he’s being wheeled by the nurse to his next appointment. I walk slowly behind them. Reflecting on this day has brought a small sense of satisfaction. Of course his pride was hurt more than his sprained ankle.

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Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
1 month ago

Welcome, welcome to Voice.Club Deborah.
Now I see your pun in your title. While you are pushing your husband in a wheel chair, you are reflecting on his inconsiderate treatment of you. Funny. You don’t have much remorse for dumping him on the hospital floor!

1 month ago

Hi Debora – So good to see your first story. Sounds like the husband was quite a pain. It would be interesting to see what happens next – how long can your protagonist be pushed around?

1 month ago

Hello Deborah – I enjoyed this story. I especially love the double meaning of your title, and the gumption showed by the poor beleaguered protagonist. I hope you write a sequel where she “accidentally” pushes him off a cliff. Fiction is a wonderful tool for expression, isn’t it? I often enjoy killing my characters off when they deserve it – and sometimes when they don’t!  😎 

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 month ago

Welcome to, Deborah. I like your story with a protagonist who is filled with accumulated frustration, guilt, bitterness, and anger. Obviously, she is living with a complaining, ungrateful narcissist who is dependent on her daily services. It would be interesting to see where the story would take her in a longer perspective. Would she be able to stand more abuse? Would she give up? Or would there be more “accidents”?

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
19 days ago

Hello, Deborah. A warm welcome to the voice club. 

I enjoyed reading your first story about the life of a wife and husband and all the complaints. I can clearly see myself on a wife’s side. How long I could push around and can still stand firm???

Nice one, Deborah. 

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Deborah Goulding
18 days ago

You’re most welcome. I agree with the karma thing.

Well done for a very nice story. Keep on writing.

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