by thefourpartland

Timothy struggled to bring the last of the boxes upstairs. There. He’d done it. The last of his belongings inside the house. He looked around and smiled. This was going to be a good house, a strong house. The piles of brown boxes took away from the charm somewhat, but it was his, his home.

The next few days were spent in unpacking, his belongings disappearing onto shelves, into closets, and under tables. And then the redecorating began. He should have done it earlier, before moving in, but he liked to see how his things would match up against the colours and styles he was choosing. His belongings were very precious to him, especially the ones that hung from the wall. He’d always been partial to a really nice wall hanging.

There was one final room to redo – the master bedroom. This was going to be his brilliant work of art, and Tim spent days going over the room with a pencil and ruler, dividing the walls up just how he wanted them to be. And then when he was done, he growled at the shoddy work he’d drawn in and took it all down. He was determined to get it right.

It was another week before Tim was finally satisfied, and he could begin with the base layer of paint. Getting the colour just right took him a while, but once he had, he stepped back and smiled. Then he tried a few of the wall hangings to see how it looked. Hmm. Lacking a certain something.

Timothy took them down again and painted a little more. There, that was it. The walls were covered properly now. Up went the hangings, each suspended from a noose about its neck. He left a blank spot above the bed. His wife would go there once the divorce was finalized.


  1. Jessica Rosen on 02.21.2011

    A psychopath decorator. I love the banal tone throughout, especially when almost describing the wall hangings. “Up went the hangings, each suspended from a noose about its neck.” The attitude in that sentence is wonderful. Simple, matter-of-fact, making it even more scary. Well done, thanks for sharing it.

    Take care,

  2. L.M. Stull on 02.21.2011

    Soo delightfully disturbing. What a great ending!

    “He left a blank spot above the bed. His wife would go there once the divorce was finalized.” <~ Ha!

  3. The Four Part Land on 02.22.2011

    Thank you both.

    This was actually a story I wrote first three paragraphs of in early Sept 2010, and then tossed on the reject pile because I didn’t like where it was going. Monday when I was looking for a new story to post, I dug through my discard pile and found this, liked it, and then added the last two paragraphs.

    @Jessica I wanted to make it boring, dull, dreary. It makes the thought of what he’s decorating with stand out all that much.

    @Lisa A perfect end for an annoying Ex

  4. Ileandra Young on 04.13.2012

    Considering the conversation on Twitter right now I should have expected something like that, but I didn’t. You completely wrong footed me with this piece and I love it.

  5. The Four Part Land on 04.13.2012

    *chuckles* Throwing in a nice evil twist is something I love to do. Or just make try and make the story strange. It provides a nice outlet for the odder impulses in life.

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