Flash Fiction: The Tennis Courts by RC Bonitz

Welcome to the Spot Writers. Today’s contribution comes from RC Bonitz, author of DANGEROUS DECISIONS and the recently released ONLY EMMA. The prompt for this month is to write about the first thing you see when looking out your window.


by RC Bonitz

The tennis courts across the street from my home offer an endless stream of stories. Incomplete stories I grant you. I’m only seeing people in a brief interval of their lives, but you’d be amazed at how revealing those hours can be. Today, for example, there’s a pretty young woman playing with a guy I can only assume is her boyfriend. I hope he’s not her husband.

Obnoxious individual he is, yelling at her, hitting hard smashes she can’t handle and swearing when she doesn’t return them. He drives the tennis ball right at her body, too. Is this a friendly tennis match or a war? I’d like to go over there and smack them both upside the head and say “What do you think you’re doing?”

Yes, the woman too. Why does she put up with his obscene behavior? If there is any kind of a relationship between them, this is no way to nurture it.

Maybe I’ll trot over there and do it. They’re too young to waste their lives living this way. I can warn them of the depth of love they’re crushing, of the heartache these moments will develop if they continue to behave this way.

On the other hand, maybe she’s just met the bum and has already decided this is their first and last date. Perhaps they’re just having a lover’s quarrel and are acting it out on the tennis court. It’s none of my business anyway. Would they thank me for my meddling advice? Very likely not.

This is my story, sitting on my front porch and musing about people I don’t know, wondering about their lives. The musing keeps me occupied you see. I can’t get around much anymore.


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