And There They Are by M. Taggart

The black and white image of a tables inside a restaurant with a partial view of a wine glass and glass of water
Image Courtesy: M. Taggart

“Now, with that?”

“I’ll go with what my sorry wants.”

“And again with power of persuasion?”

She stroked her glass of wine. Often she felt alone.

“It’s what I see when I walk.”

“What are we going to do though? Really?”

“I’m going to pay and leave. You can stay here.”

The waiter came, heard, and walked away.

Outside the birds knew nothing about this. The
speech died and liberty was machine like.

“It wasn’t your fault.”

“I know. Thank you.”

“Can it not end?”

The sun was there.

“Why should it be here?”

Her wine glass worried.

He left.

She smiled. The trees. The wind.
The waiting was over. The sun knew.
And he walked.


Matt Taggart is a loving husband, father, and author of the award-winning short story, ‘Bodies In The Basement’. Visit Writer M. Taggart to read more of his thoughts and writing.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Matt’s flash fiction piece couldn’t be more worthy of that inconspicuous but effective title. ‘And There They Are’ – that couple or aren’t they anymore? I think even they might not be sure of what they want and how it will be? Let the breeze blow and the sun shine, maybe decisions can be left for another day. This story brings a smile to the face and a warm ‘oh well…’ to the lips.
    Congratulations Matt!

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  2. Reblogged this on mtaggartwriter and commented:
    Flash Fiction Published!

    Thanks to Terveen, Editor of MasticadoresIndia, I’m thrilled to share my flash fiction, And There They Are.

    When you have a moment, please visit the publication and read the story. Thanks everyone!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Terveen. Especially for giving this flash fiction a home. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Terveen Gill says:

        It was my pleasure, Matt. Thank you. 🙂


  3. jonicaggiano says:

    What a beautifully written piece Matt. Very touching and thought provoking. Loving can be wonderful and painful. I especially liked the way you ended it. Have a great weekend, Hugs, Joni

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Joni! I’m glad you found this tiny piece! I haven’t written many flash fictions of late and I was rather excited for this to be published. I like how you summed this up- Loving can be wonderful and painful. Too true! Hugs back at you!

      Liked by 2 people

      1. jonicaggiano says:

        It was my pleasure. I really enjoyed it. Thank you for writing. More hugs and blessings to you and your family. ❤️


  4. Lettie says:


    Liked by 1 person

    1. Cheers, Lettie😊


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