The exercise – Pick one of the last lines, from published stories, provided by the author. Use the line as trigger, either for an ending, or alternatively the opening scene to a flash back story to which you can return at a later date, safe in the knowledge that your ending is in place.
Maria followed me as I went downstairs. She was crying and screaming that she was sorry and that she promised that she would change.
How many times had I heard that before? How many times had she cried and apologised and how many times had I felt sorry for her and stayed? I feared what she would do to herself and never had the heart to leave.
I had enough now though, I could not take it anymore. Neither of us was happy and I finally understood that I was not responsible for any action she might take. But I was responsible for my own happiness.
I picked the car keys from the table by the door. I opened the door, walked to the car and got in.
I turned the key in the ignition and drove off.
Last line from Remote Control, Andy McNah