Writing Prompts: Ego and Island

Write as much as you can in fifteen minutes using two words given to you. Words may be reused, but the writing/story will always be different.

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Writing Prompt: Ego and Island

Jessica huffed in annoyance. The dream vacation she had been planning for a year had quickly turned into a disaster. She couldn’t even begin to understand where everything went so wrong. One moment she was excitedly packing and going over the itinerary for the millionth time. She was bragging to her friends about the trip. She was convinced that this would be it. Chad was going to propose! 

She had been dating Chad for six years. They had been talking about settling down for the better part of two years. In fact, the trip had been Chad’s idea. He had kept secret about it for the most part until a few days ago when he’d given her the itinerary of the trip. The fact that he went out of his way to plan this whole thing when he hated planning things is what made her think he was going to propose. 

They were set to spend two entire weeks at a beautiful island that was practically across the world. Just the two of them. Chad had even rented an entire bungalow that would only be occupied by the two of them. They even had quite a bit of space between them and all of the other bungalows. She was so happy. She couldn’t wait to start the next chapter in their lives. 

The first three days were perfect. They had nothing to do but enjoy each other’s company. He had left them three days to rest before they started attending things. They spent those days sleeping, making love, reading, and watching movies. It was heaven. She couldn’t remember the last time she felt so relaxed and so peaceful. 

It wasn’t until the fourth night that things started going so horribly wrong. They were going to a beautiful breakfast on the island that was known for having tables out by the beach. She had on a beautiful strapless blue dress that made her look good and was comfortable. He immediately told her to change. He said that her look impacted the way others thought of the both of them. She was annoyed, but she did as he requested. Once they got there, she figured out why he was being the way he was. They were met at the restaurant by many of his college friends and their significant others. 

As they were getting ready for dinner, she decided to ask him if they were going to be meeting anybody there. He got annoyed with her and told her there was. He couldn’t understand why she was being so weird about it all. The whole trip was so he could catch up with his buddies and have a great time before they all went their separate ways for good. 

She was livid. She felt so humiliated that he didn’t bother to tell her that this wasn’t a trip for just the two of them. When she brought up the fact that she could have invited her friends had she known, he told her that she was letting her ego get the best of her. She screamed in frustration and shut the door in his face.

She came out ten minutes later to find that he had left without her. She found that she didn’t really care. She was still upset over the fact that he had made the entire trip seem like some romantic getaway only to find out that it was just one last trip for him and his buddies from college. She got that Nick and Drew had accepted major positions overseas and would be leaving soon. That’s not what bothered her. She loved that he was so close to his friends. What bothered her was him not telling her. She felt so stupid.

The rest of the trip went downhill from there. He tried to dictate everything she wore to everything. She told him to shove it and wore what she wanted to anyway. He made it a point to make sure she wasn’t sitting near any of the guys in the group. She was always between him and one of their girls. It was like he thought she was going to flirt with them or something. When she brought it up, he made some comment about how big of a flirt she was.

On the last few days of the trip, she faked being ill just so she wouldn’t have to go out with him and his stupid friends. She found that she didn’t really like any of them at all. They were all rude and arrogant. She also found that she didn’t like who he was while he was with them. 

She didn’t like who he was when they were alone afterwards either. He kept comparing her to all the women that his friends were dating. Not in a favorable way. She was done with it. She thought she knew him, but he had her fooled. On the last night of the trip, she told him that when they returned that she would be moving out. She needed a break to reevaluate her life and her relationship with him. She was shocked when he readily agreed and looked relieved.

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