Spring sunshine lights up stained-glass windows as I precede Abigail’s stick thin, hot off the catwalk bridesmaids, down the aisle.  My curvaceous figure is a stark contrast to the supermodels sashaying behind.  Had I not been humiliated enough?

***

Abigail is what is known as a social butterfly.  Fluttering her wings, she flits from person to person, room to room, captivating all before her, leaving behind a trail of broken hearts.  If asked how many, would she remember?  Would she care?

We’d shared a room at university.  Someone obviously had a questionable sense of humour pairing me with the beautiful and charismatic Abigail.

At first, I was in awe, then cracks began to appear.  She seemed devoid of empathy.  Delighting in her conquests, showing no remorse for those she hurt, merely contempt.

Post-graduation, we agreed to stay in touch and I wasn’t surprised to hear she’d been snapped up by a modelling agency, while I secured a position with a prestigious city law firm.

Long hours achieving impossible deadlines, on my climb up the corporate ladder, left little time for socialising.  That all changed when Cameron joined the firm.  Tall, broad shouldered with an easy smile, he was everything missing in my life.  We soon discovered we shared common interests and it wasn’t long before we were enjoying each other’s company outside of the office.

I’d never been so happy or felt so lucky.  When the invitation to Abigail’s birthday party arrived, I accepted at once, eager to show him off.

The moment she greeted us at the door, I knew I’d lost him.  What Abigail wanted, Abigail took.  How naïve to think she wouldn’t take what I’d thought was mine.  I left the party early, doubting they would even notice.

But one question continued to haunt me.  Was love at first sight the reason she took him or just because she could?

***

A vision in white; she might have been lifted from the cover of ‘Brides’ magazine.  At the altar she turned and handed me her bouquet before leaning in and whispering ‘he’s mine now’.

I had my answer.

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Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary (@emily-oleary)
7 months ago

I hope Abigail gets her karmic payback that is for sure! I really feel for the poor protagonist! Very well written Linda!

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
7 months ago

Such a heartbreaking story. I’ve met a few people like that along the way. Hopefully Cameron will eventually come to his senses and realise what he’s lost.

Greene M Wills
Greene M Wills (@greene-m-wills)
7 months ago

How poignantly heartbreaking Linda! How many of us have had a friend who is not really one, selfish, narcissistic and utterly fascinating. I felt the pain of the poor girl losing her man and her certainties too…

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Sandra James
Sandra James (@sandra-james)
7 months ago

I am mentally throwing rotten tomatoes at Abigail’s snow white dress! Perhaps she will get what she deserves, for a man so easily ‘stolen’ could just as easily stray again  ?  But I hope he doesn’t try to go back to your main character – she deserves much better!

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
7 months ago

A very captivating story, Linda! You caught my attention from the first paragraph and kept it right through the story, thanks to the great way you told it.
My first reaction was that the relationship between Abigail and Cameron isn’t going to last. Both of them fall too easily for fresh, exterior attraction and it will soon happen again to both of them. I love your comment to Emily about Karma!
Let’s hope your protagonist runs into someone more faithful than Cameron.

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

Linda you know how to ruffle the readers feathers. If that had happened to my Gran…. when the priest/vicar says….Does anyone know of any…. She’d have yelled ”Yes”. Lots of fun Karma here in the waiting! And dare I say, a fun read?

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart (@melissa-taggart)
7 months ago

Great story, Linda! I think we have all known at least one Abigail, this story is relatable. I feel the protagonist’s pain. And the emotions have travelled fully from these words, to me the reader. Impressive work!

Brigitta Hegyi
Brigitta Hegyi (@brigitta-hegyi)
7 months ago

Great story! I feel lucky that I don’t have friends like Abigail, but I do know girls like her. Karma has a lot of work with those, who think that they can take away everything they want.

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Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate (@thompson-emate)
7 months ago

A very sad story. How could she make that mistake of taking her boyfriend to Abigail’s house knowing the kind of person she is? Well, I hope Abigail gets paid back for her ill deeds.

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate (@thompson-emate)
7 months ago

Nice piece, Linda.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago

Linda, I felt like yelling at Abigail from behind the computer screen! What an awful character she is! Sadly there are too many real-life people like her who will simply do something like this, just for the sake of proving that they can. This was well told.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago

This story is very painful. I feel sorry for your protagonist, Linda. There are so many friends like that, traitor. I want to give Abigail a triple slap and tweak her hair. Well written, Linda.

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