Dixit Writing Challenge Day 9: Trophy Wife

Today’s card has a cat gazing up at a bride and groom in a cage hanging in the night sky. My piece ended up containing references to several Sherlock Holmes stories, in particular, my favorite, “The Case of the Dancing Men.”

Trophy Wife
I married into a cage, trying to escape the monster in the shadows. I thought you loved me when you went in search of a code cracker to find the key to my heart. Then you hung it on the wall, just out of reach and drew blue chalk bars around me. You turned my family into a parade of dancers and hoisted me into the air to watch them by moonlight. When my brother looked up, you painted over the windows so they wouldn’t see me. It only takes a brick to break a pan of glass, but I wanted to shatter more than the trophy case you locked me in.


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