78. How about Mykonos?

“How about Mykonos?”

He pretended to be interested in the place on the map his wife’s finger was pointing at but he wasn’t. Each year, at the end of their holiday they repeated the same ritual. His wife would get out a map of the Mediterranean and they’d settle on where they’d vacation the following year. And by settle he meant that his wife would choose and he’d go along with it.

Truth was, he didn’t much care for the Mediterranean. He instead longed for more adventurous summers. To circumnavigate the Earth. Cross the Americas by train and scoop fresh Himalayas snow from a hot air balloon. As his eyes wandered from the map he imagined diving to the bottom of the ocean with a megalomaniac Indian and exploring strange new worlds at the centre of the Earth.

Of course that would never happen. Not with two stepchildren in tow and a kid of his own on the way. Not with a flourishing law firm that at most allowed three weeks of vacation a year. It pained him that his world would never expand beyond the Paris arrondissement he resided in and his yearly Mediterranean sightseeing tour.

“I’ve finished your story,” his wife said, awakening him from his daydream. “It is quite good, you know. Silly, yes, but fun. You should find a publisher.”

Jules kissed her on the lips, beaming.

“So, whereto, my love?” his wife asked.

“To the future,” he replied. “To the future.”



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5 thoughts on “78. How about Mykonos?

  1. Again a great story with a wonderful ending. I think that there is a real consistency in the quality of your writing. I look forward to the next 222!

  2. Brieuse Bernhard Piers-Gûdmönd says:

    Another good one! although I had to look up “arrondissement” – silly me. You didn’t make my fatal error: you said 300 stories and I said “a story a day”. When the ***k can I end?!!! Keep it up – I enjoy your stories very much.

  3. helenmidgley says:

    I loved the line “Cross the Americas by train and scoop fresh Himalayas snow from a hot air balloon.” that would be such a great trip 🙂

  4. John says:

    …..nice story … unexpected ending. After the endings of many of the other stories, I was expecting him to kill her, and set off on his own vacation. 🙂

  5. Verne — That is all.

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