Sharma was looking at the bright sunny day and deep blue ocean from his hotel room window. He could see a young man hugging his girl friend on the roof top of adjacent house.

Something in the air, that arouses love and passion in people”, he thought.

Inside, atmosphere was frosty. Mrs. Sharma was still sulking from unexpected checkout from the five star hotel, an all expense paid holiday package.

What an inauspicious moment when I agreed to marry this man! All my life I ran household with a shoe string budget; once good fortune smiled and this sanctimonious prick of a man walked out!”

Sharma knew his wife was furious. But he had his scruples and could not compromise what he learnt from his father in his childhood, “son live within your means.” Today, he could not live such a life of extravagance, even it for a few days.

Word Count: 150

Competition No. 183

To understand problems in Sharma family, read the micro fiction Vacation first.

This little piece of fiction was inspired by the weekly prompt challenge  of 18th Sep, 2018 hosted by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Thanks for reading! Other entries on the topic can be found here.

Picture Prompt: Michelle DeAngelis

19 thoughts on “Scrupulous

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      1. He could not reconcile such opulent lifestyle, even if it was paid by someone else and for a few days only. This is an extension of another fiction – Vacation.

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  1. Thank you for reading. It is easy for you to say. You are not Mrs. Sharma. If you were, you would be cursing him too. But I agree, he took a decision that made him at peace.


  2. I love your terse writing style and also the expressions used. Although if I could, I would tell Sharma to relax a little and enjoy such indulgences once in a while! I know someone like Sharma and understand where he’s coming from but earnestly wish to tell him to let his hair down once in a blue moon at least.


    1. Thank you for reading. You are probably right. Some people cannot reconcile with sudden exposure to opulence. Besides, it is unlikely he will ever experience it again in his life.


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