Friday Fictioneers is a weekly challenge to write a complete story in 100 words or less based on a photo prompt. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting this challenge and Gah  Learner for this week’s prompt.

Photo credit: Gah Learner

Harold curled his body into a tight knot, holding the bed-covers close. The room felt cold as a refrigerator and it was only October. What would December bring?

Next to him, Harold’s wife slept unaffected by the freezing air. He thought back to the early days of their marriage when on cold nights they snuggled to keep each other warm.

That was before The Change.

Now, no matter how cold it was outside, Harold’s wife insisted they sleep with the window open.

All Harold could do is wrap himself in blankets and pray for Summer.

The inspiration for this story (with slight deviation) comes from a quote by George Bernard Shaw

Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the window shut and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open.


36 thoughts on “Alliance

      1. It is a story — all fiction. I didn’t take your comments as personal. I’m sorry if it sounded like I did. All is good

  1. Dear Susan,

    Ah The Change. I used to be the one who was cold. Never my husband. Now we both sleep with the window open. 😉 Enjoyed (and related to) this piece.



  2. Haha, not married but in a relationship with a wonderful woman who needs to have the fan on ‘high’ in order to sleep. Even if it gets a little annoying, I think its little traditions no matter what they are, that keep a relationship alive and well.

    Great story 🙂

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