She left him because he was the stone man.
You see he always knew everything. He was always right.
Strong and stubborn. It was his way, or the highway.
The U-Haul van was parked backwards in the driveway.
The house was emptying.
His wife, their son, and her brother laboured steadily.
Helping each other carry boxes back and forth into the neatly packed van.
Rick pretended not to notice. He just carried on with his business.
He was getting ready for work and he was not going to be late.
No words were spoken. There was nothing left to say. All the fights lost their bite. The reasons no longer mattered. She was tired of pushing. He was the stone man and he could not be moved.
The naked living room floor reflected the dying lights of the summer sky.
The empty house waited patiently.
Rick got to work early. He wanted to get a good start because he was doing 12 hour shifts this week.