After the Fact

The prompt from the instructor was an odd one: “Using single sentence paragraphs and a total of exactly 100 words, write a story with an interesting twist at the end,“. So, …


Many times you don’t realize the truth until after the fact.

You don’t realize how exhausted someone can be until you raise twin boys.

You don’t realize how nice afternoon naps in the recliner can be until you work the graveyard shift.

You don’t realize what woke you until you manage to focus and see your wife standing by the living room window.

You don’t realize she dropped the boys off at her mother’s on the way from school until you notice she’s naked.

You don’t realize how flimsy the recliner is, until you get up so fast something snaps.

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