Darren and Joan arrived at the island resort together to work on their marriage.
Joan collected tour brochures; Darren gazed through the window at the golf course.
In their room, Darren turned on the TV and flicked through the choices; Joan headed for the bath and provided toiletries.
Joan ordered mineral water; Darren had a double brandy.
In the resort disco Darren danced every dance; Joan had a headache and went to bed early.
“Where have you been, what have you been doing and who have you been doing it with?” Joan stood in her bathrobe, drinking coffee in the morning light.
Darren stumbled and started pulling off what remained of his clothing. Suddenly he turned and blazed at his wife, “You know this isn’t going to work, don’t you?”
Joan left later that morning. Darren spent the rest of the time in revelry. Their isolation was complete.
Susan Cornford is a retired public servant, living in Perth, Western Australia. She/her has pieces published or forthcoming in 42 Stories Anthology, 50-Word Stories, Across the Margin, Adelaide Literary Magazine, borrowed solace, Cafe Lit, CarpeArte Journal, Cloudbank, Crow’s Feet Journal, Drabblez, Drunk Monkeys, Ethel Zine, Fewer Than 500, Flash Frontier, Flora Fiction, INK Babies Literary Magazine, Instant Noodles Literary Magazine, Medusa's Laugh, Meet Cute Press, Mental Papercuts, Mono, Moonchild Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Roi Fainéant, Selcouth Station, Subtle Fiction, The Gambler, Worthing Flash and others.