“I really must leave now,” she whispered.

“Please don’t go,” he croaked back.

It had already been three hours. His tears had been depleted. His voice was hoarse from denial, anger and rejected compromise. Now, his words insisted but his shoulders slumped, his head drooped, and his eyes stared at the carpet.

“Goodbye,” she said. He sat there, fixated on the blue carpet. Motionless to the sounds of his door closing and steps fading away.

As she slipped through the damp murk of freshly rained city, pangs of guilt started to occupy her conscience like blooms of paint on canvas. She hoped he could finally find it within himself to forgive her one day, as she would come to forgive him. The road ahead would be tumultuous, and it was all too easy for spite and fear to fester and give seed to hatred.

Had she been a faithful companion? Guardian? Tutor? Lover? Only time would tell. For now, her duty had ended, and his journey had begun.

She stopped in front of a particularly obtuse puddle situated in the back end of a small alleyway off the crossroads. Her ears perked, trying to pinpoint the presence of people within the vicinity. Silence.

Turning her attention back to the puddle, she smiled at her reflection. Short black hair that flowed to the neck, ocean blue eyes that rested softly above shy dimples. Thin lips that completed a perfectly heart-shape face and slender neck. She already missed this.

With one outstretched hand, she gently tapped the puddle, creating a ripple, before sinking her hand into the water. Then, she sunk her arm, then her face and body. Her legs were the last to go. The puddle was bottomless and all-consuming.

A short stillness would follow before out of the puddle burst a wet house cat with short black fur. The cat would shake itself off, melding into the city streets, never to be seen again.

He would never solve the mystery of her disappearance, but she would always be there when he needed. Watching through his window with ocean blue eyes.

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

    Welcome to Voice.club, Frank. I really enjoyed this very intriguing tale. It’s one of those stories that could easily be expanded into a longer tale. Nicely done 🙂

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

    Frank, this was an intriguing story. With each line, I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. This was a great read.

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

    What a mysterious and intriguing story, Frank! The dark haired girlfriend has transformed into a black alleycat and the young man is desperately lonely with his own maturing ahead. Fascinating! You painted the situation very skillfully. Could you reveal what needs to be forgiven between the couple? And what compromise is it that he rejected?

    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    6 months ago

    Frank, welcome to Voice.Club. What a wonderful first story! You cleverly welded love, mystery, superstition and of course transformation. I was surprised by her sudden disappearance. Stepping in and out of a puddle is a unique way to transform. Love how the cat returns to watch over the male. I have so many questions to ask- why are the protagonists parting? why so much mystery between them? what is their relationship? I… Read more »

    Linda Rock
    Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
    6 months ago

    What a great transformation story! You did have me wondering though, why she needed to forgive him. My first thought was that he’d cheated on her but I could be wildly off the mark! A really enjoyable read and very well written.

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

    Hello, Frank. A warm welcome to the voice club. You have created a very intriguing story of transformation and mystery. I really enjoyed it so much. What clever writing. Well done.
    I am looking forward to reading more stories from you.

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

    Frank, this is a perfect mystery story. I love your choice of words. This will need a sequel to answer some intriguing questions. Well done. Congratulations.

    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    6 months ago

    Congratulations, Frank on your win. A great mysterious read.

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

    Congratulations on your win, Frank. Well done.

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