You Got Me, Under Your Skin.

It had been a tumultuous last few weeks for Fluke. First had been that business with the  sheep, then those disgusting slimy snails and then, well, the less said about living in a disgusting half drowned field the better; but all that was in the past now and things were looking up. Fluke took a deep breath and let it out slowly, in the end it had all been worth it after all the blood sweat and tears here he was in his very own home for the first time. It was a bloody marvellous wee place too, not so much a step up from that bloody field it was more of a giant leap. Out there is was cold and wet and dull, in here is was warm, and safe with he owed it all to Laura, the love of his life. She didn’t know it yet but she was going to have his babies, it was going to be beautiful…


Laura looked at herself in the mirror and smiled. “Girl you look, a-maze-ing!” she cooed turning to the side and lifting her shirt to show off her flat stomach. She’d always been a  bit… on the more robust end of the spectrum but ever since she started shopping at Tree Huggers the new organic, vegan place those extra pounds had just flown off. It was an honest to goodness miracle. “Today is going to be a good day,” she said taking one last look at herself in the mirror before grabbing her coat and heading out the door.
She had just ducked into Starbucks to grab her morning cup o’ Joe when she caught a glimpse of him out of the corner of her eye and stopped dead in the middle store. ‘Wow! He.Is.Gorgeous!’ she  thought. Tall and slim with Short blonde hair and piercing blue eyes, she actually felt her knees go weak for a second and had to steady herself on a table. Their eyes connected, he smiled and Laura felt the electricity from across the room. ‘Play ti cool Laura, play it cool,’ she thought shooting him a smile then forcing herself to look away and grab her coffee. Caffè Latte to go, she told the barista who nodded took her cash and handed her a cardboard cup full of warm, caffeiney goodness. She turned and cast a surreptitious  glance to the table in the corner where her mystery man was but the table was empty.
“Damnit,” she cursed under her breath heading for the door; she was just reaching for the handle when the door opened as if by magic.
“Allow me,” said the beautiful stranger holding the door open for her. Laura looked into those piercing blue eyes and fell head over heels in love.
“It’s rainin’ but there ain’t a cloud in the sky
Musta been a tear from your eye
Everything’ll be okay
Funny thought I felt a sweet summer breeze
Musta been you sighin’ so deep
Don’t worry we’re gonna find a way
I’m waitin’, waitin’ on a sunny day
Gonna chase the clouds away
Waitin’ on a sunny day”
Ever since his chance meeting with Laura, Fluke had been in dreamland. It had gone better than he could have possibly imagined, she was perfect for him keeping him fed, watered and loved; and he liked to think he’d been good for her too. It was the first time that Fluke had really made a connection with a woman and he felt alive like never before. she was definitely the woman he wanted to have his babies he knew it now for sure.
“I’m telling you he is gorgeous, with a capital g. In fact two capital g’s, two capital o’s and capital a r,e,u and s too. GORGEOUS!” enthused Laura. “I can’t believe we met totally by accident, it’s fate! I tell you, we’re going to get married, live in a big house with a dog and two kids and it is going to be perfect.”
“You don’t believe in fate,” said Anshu waving a forkful of chilli paneer. “Besides you’ve only known him two weeks our in the honeymoon stage you can’t says he’s perfect until his guard comes down and he starts farting in front of you; that’s the test.”
Laura bit her lip. “I suppose you’re right but right now he is kind, funny and adorable and that is enough. Now give me some of that paneer I’m starving.”
“Starving? You just had a sandwich, I tell you I’ve no idea how you keep the weight off with how much you eat.”
“Without you I’m workin’ with the rain fallin’ down
Half a party in a one dog town
I need you to chase the blues away
Without you I’m a drummer girl that can’t keep a beat
And ice cream truck on a deserted street
I hope that you’re coming to stay
I’m waitin’, waitin’ on a sunny day
Gonna chase the clouds away
Waitin’ on a sunny day”
Something was going wrong, Fluke could sense it. It had all been perfect now his shit is going down spidey sense was telling him that Laura was not at all happy with him. ‘Come on Fluke old boy,’ he thought to himself. ‘You’ve got to up your game here. We can’t lose the love of your life just because you made her…”
“Just piss off and leave me alone,” groaned Laura through the bathroom door wiping the vomit from the corner of her mouth. “I thought you could bloody cook?”
“I’m sorry babe, I had the same thing and I feel fine. Are you sure you’re not allergic?”
“To your cooking maybe, urgh, Jesus; what the hell was in that stuff my stomach is killing me.”
“Maybe I put too much Chilli in this time?”
“I’ll put too much…” Laura cut off and stuck her head back in the bowl. A agonizing minute later her head popped back out. “Just go home, It think you’ve done enough for one day don’t you?”
“Hard times baby, well they come to tell us all,
Sure as the tickin’ of the clock on the wall.
Sure as the turnin’ of the night into day,
Your smile girl, brings the mornin’ light to my eyes.
Lifts away the blues when I rise,
I hope that you’re coming to stay”
It was over, Fluke knew that now. No chance for babies, no chance for a future it was all just fucked. Fluke knew now how he’d made Laura feel, the drugs made him feel awful like he’d been dropped into a vat of frozen acid; the viscous fire seeping in to him and melting him from the inside out. The pain wasn’t the worst thing though, that was knowing that the woman he loved, who had become his entire world had done this to him. ‘I thought you loved me like I loved you Laura,’ he thought sadly. ‘I thought we’d be together forever.’
As the doctor dropped the lifeless body of Fluke into the big metal surgical dish by the operating table Laura felt a tear roll down her face. He might have been a parasite but he’d made her happier than she thought she could be. She could look at herself in the mirror again after years of hating what she saw; and for that she would always love him, even though he nearly killed her.
The End.
For the record I’ve no idea why that song made me think up this story but once it came up nothing else seemed to fit… so sorry about that! Picto

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