There was lipstick on his collar. Fiery Red, she noted. Not one of her favourites. She was more a Wine Red lipstick kind of girl. She sniffed his shirt and took in the scent of his musky cologne. Mixed within, her sharp sense of smell caught a whiff of jasmine. Being allergic to perfumes, she knew it didn’t belong to her.


She stood holding the shirt over the washing machine, her eyes filling with tears. It would be easy to throw it in and pretend none of this was true. But it would be nicer if he was caught red-handed. After all, they had been married for twenty years. She decided to leave his shirt on the bed with the lipstick glaring at anyone who looked.

As she left the room, her teenage son yelled out, ‘Mum, is it okay if I borrow dad’s white shirt again? It makes me a hit with the girls.’

(c) Sanch V @ Sanch Writes (4 August 2016)


This has been written for Day 4 of the BarAThon Challenge at Blog-a-rhythm

  1. Cathy Graham

    August 4, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Loved it, Sanch! You did a great job building the tension and making us feel for the woman character. What a great twist at the end! Wonderful piece of flash fiction!
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    1. Sanch, the writer

      August 4, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Thank you Cathy 🙂 I wasn’t sure if I was able to sell it well enough but your comment has reassured me

  2. Suman Kher

    August 4, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Nice one! 🙂 The bonus is it is short and crisp and yet gets the effect

  3. Mayuri

    August 4, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Phew! You almost got me worried there!
    Awesome writing, and take on the prompt!

  4. Sunila Vig

    August 4, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Goshhh what a relief 🙂 Good one Sanch.
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  5. Ramya

    August 4, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Awesome! Nice twist Sanch ☺
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  6. Shilpa Gupte

    August 4, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Wow, girl! You do know how to arrest your readers with the twist at the end, haan?! My heart almost went out to that poor woman!

  7. Beat About the Book

    August 4, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Ha ha.. that was a good one – short and so sweet.
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  8. Uma

    August 4, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Perfectly done, that too in so few words! Loved how the twist came in.
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  9. Anita

    August 4, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Phew! That’s great, Sanch 🙂
    Now Mom will get to smell newer fragrances!
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  10. Mithila Menezes @fabulus1710

    August 5, 2016 at 2:19 am

    The tears and the drama, and the glass shattering twist! Perfect execution, Sanch!
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  11. Dan Antion

    August 5, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Nice twist 🙂
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  12. Inderpreet Uppal

    August 5, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Boys!! I say they are a crazy lot! I can easily see this happening!!
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  13. Rajlakshmi

    August 9, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Ohh thank god… I absolutely loved the twist at the end 😉 wonderful storytelling
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