Day 12 of Flash Fiction Month!
I only used one prompt today, which is:
“I was in love with a man the world did not want me to have.”
It’s a quick and silly one.
“I’m going to marry him some day.”
“The man on the moon.”
That was about how every conversation went when Millie Matherson was around.
Nobody knew when her obsession with ‘the man on the moon’ began but her parents would often joke that when she was born, she did not cry but she howled and that was on the night of the brightest full moon of that year.
From age three to twelve, she always set a place next to her on the table for tea with the man on the moon. From twelve to sixteen, the man on the moon was there to keep her company on the days she felt loneliest. Somewhere around seventeen, she started to notice the way that boys looked at her and her parents breathed a sigh of relief.
“Millie, remember the time you couldn’t stop talking about the man on the moon?” they’d laugh.
“Yeah, I remember,” she smiled.
And then life continued normally the way a normal woman’s life pans out.
That is, until Millie Matherson’s 100th birthday celebration. She was surrounded by friends and her growing family and so much love to celebrate a century of living. As they brought out the birthday cake and sang ‘Happy Birthday’, she smiled. She patiently blew all the hundred birthday candles that filled up the vanilla frosted cake one-by-one and when she blew the last one out, the room turned dark. After a few moments of fumbling about and hey-who-turned-the-lights-outs, a beam of bright yellow light shone on Millie and Millie alone. Sat in her wheelchair, her body slowly lifted up and out the front door. Some family were screaming, some friends were gasping but all Millie did was laugh.
She lifted off into the moonlit sky, bellowing from above: “See ya later, suckers!”