Short story: Loved


I stood where they told me, hidden in the dark margins of the studio, to watch you in the spotlight. You mesmerized them, studio crew and interviewer (and me), laughing and then hushed, hanging on your every word. I was so proud. They all loved you, your book, your perfect life, projected. I loved you too, then.

Loved you when the production assistant whispered, ‘Isn’t he wonderful?’

Loved you when she said, ‘A bit of a rogue though.’

Loved you. ‘Apparently he has a wife and child in the country.’

Loved. “And a woman in every city.”


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38 thoughts on “Short story: Loved

  1. “hidden in the dark margins of the studio, to watch you in the spotlight”
    I think that is a subtle way of conveying the relationship between them. Very well written.


  2. What a lovely piece of writing, Claire. I LOVED how the writing itself seems to trail away, piece by piece, as the narrator’s love.


  3. I see all the insights have been mentioned. I wish there’d been on “loved” in the last line at all, since I’m sure it had been gone by then in her heart. The trailing off work perfectly but with that that word, it seems incongruous. Wonderfully done story as always.



  4. I enjoyed this the whole way through, as the subtlety faded and the truth emerged. It’s amazing how you exposed the depth of an affair in merely a few simple lines from a bystander. A wonderfully engaging piece!


  5. You know, waiting in the wings, you get to hear all sorts. I only ever got as far as county level drama at high school, but wow, is behind the scenes a hot-bed of gossip! Well done, this was very cleverly written.


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