FFfAW Challenge – Week of November 29, 2016

Black tea, without sugar

By Neel Anil Panicker

With a tea pot filled to the brim with delectable Earl Grey mint flavoured black tea, Melania Roberts settled down on her high backed comfy leather lined chair.

Extricating the single sheet of paper from the table drawer, she held its contents against the white strobes of early morning sun that lighted up the soft exquisite interiors of her ornate Gothic-era bedroom.

She knew orgasmic joy was a heartbeat away; her mind’s eye visualised beautifully arched, at times curvy, often ramrod straight lines flowing with words that would leap out and thrust into her heart’s cavities.

My dear Mel, it has been my great pleasure to have known and loved you. The fragrance of those beautiful times that we have shared shall always remain with me. (Oh! How wonderful were those midnight trysts in the hotel!).

However, of late, I have come to the acutely painful realisation that Roberts for a surname has a nice little ring to it.  I suggest you stick to it.

Goodbye and stay blessed.

Paul Huckman

word count: 173



Written in response to photo prompt from

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16 thoughts on “neelwrites/fiction/shortstory/blacktea,withoutsugar/29/11/2016

  1. Wow but what a reason to stay married…most interesting response Neel.

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    1. Yes indeed. And what a good reason to end it all. Thanks Michael for your appreciation.

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  2. michael1148humphris

    Letters bring joy and pain in equal amounts. Love your take on the prompt

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    1. Very true Michael. Letters are a two edged sword. One should open then with a lot of care. Thank you for the appreciative comments.


  3. What a cad! She’s better off without him I’m sure 🙂 And better off keeping her name too

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    1. Oh, very true. She deserves much better. Thank you so much Lynn for your appreciation.

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      1. My pleasure Neel 🙂


  4. Great story, Neel! She ended the affair with a Dear John letter. My question is, who is Paul Huckman? Is that the real name of the letter writer? Was he and Mel having an affair and acting out fantasies?

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    1. Thanks Priceless Joy for your appreciation. Paul Huckman could be his name or even his pseudo name. With a guy like him one can never be sure. A real cad he is!


      1. He sure is! LOL! Great story!


  5. What a deflating put down at the end! Great letter – and a freat take on the prompt. Well done.

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    1. THANKS Kelly. JUST confused, did you mean great take on prompt or freak take…

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      1. I meant great take, just a typo. Could freak take apply too?! 🙂


  6. It depends on whether it works or not. If it works then it cannot be called a freak, isn’t it?


  7. Interesting take to the prompt; nicely done. I like that the gentleman was willing to let her go when it knew it was best.

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    1. Thank you Athling for your appreciation. Yes, i do think he was gentlemanly in the way he ended it, at least on paper.

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