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After the Honeymoon Phase

A Tragedy

By Stephanie HoogstadPublished 7 months ago 1 min read
After the Honeymoon Phase
Photo by Victoria Priessnitz on Unsplash

He wanted to paint her. He wanted to paint her in her wedding dress, but his hand shook before the brush touched canvas. He wanted to paint her at the altar, a halo of light arching behind her face. He wanted to paint her at the reception, twirling around shoeless. He wanted to paint her naked form hiding under the blankets of their hotel room—but he could only see her lifeless eyes staring back at him from the passenger’s seat of their car, blue and red lights dancing on her face as he struggled to maintain consciousness.

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Stephanie Hoogstad

With a BA in English and MSc in Creative Writing, writing is my life. I have edited and ghost written as a freelancer for a few years with some published stories and poems of my own. You can learn more about me at

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Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!

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  • Rick Henry Christopher 7 months ago

    Excellent microstory. So much emotion and depth captured in so few words. Great job.

  • Paul Stewart7 months ago

    Wow, that is quite the sucker punch at the end, Stephanie! Great entry for the challenge. I felt lots of emotion.

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