Running Out of Time

08629265-E2D2-460B-AE84-CC517726E84E“You’re trying my patience, Alan,” Elizabeth said. “I know you know enough about female physiology to understand that there is a finite period of time for women to safely give birth to a healthy baby and my biological clock is ticking.”

“Yes, I do know that,” Alan admitted. “And I agree that someday soon….”

“Someday soon? Seriously?” Elizabeth said, tears starting to well up in her eyes. “We’ve been together for almost twelve years, Alan, and you know how much I want a baby before it’s too late for me. The truth is that my window to get pregnant and to carry a baby to term is going to be closing very soon. I’m running out of time, so ‘someday’ just won’t cut it. Why won’t you commit to this for me, for us, for our future?”

“Elizabeth,” Alan said, “Between all of the geo-political chaos happening around the globe and the potential impact on the sustainability of human life on our planet due to unabated climate change, perhaps brining a child into this world is not such a good idea.”

“Get out!” Elizabeth screamed. “Pack your bags and leave. I can’t believe how I’ve wasted my time with you. Leave now.”

“Elizabeth, you’re being a little rash, don’t you think?” Alan said, reaching his hand toward her to touch her face. She swatted his hand away and picked up her phone. “Who are you calling?” Alan asked.

“Building security.”


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (finite), Your Daily Word Prompt (someday), Word of the Day Challenge (commit), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (security). Photo credit: Seth Macey@unsplash.

6 thoughts on “Running Out of Time

  1. Sadje February 22, 2019 / 9:30 pm

    Alas too true. Both are right in a way. I know people who do choose not to have kids for exactly this reason.

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  2. Marleen February 23, 2019 / 7:24 am

    The wrong part is Alan has been saying “someday” and now said “someday soon.” But he’s been lying. So, I think Elizabeth is right and not exactly rash to tell him to leave — especially if he’s been a hanger-on type for twelve years. (Calling security probably won’t do her any good and is rash, unless he’s been coming over to visit for twelve years and doesn’t live there.)

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  3. leigha66 March 6, 2019 / 12:13 pm

    Alan should have told the truth long ago… a lot of wasted years. Good story!

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