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Ahoy fellow wordsmith!
Celtic Sea Wolfe has landed aboard your Portfolio! Don't worry, this ocean-going wolf is all up to date on his vaccinations and is boat-broken!
I was quickly drawn into Independence Day by the very first line. I thought I would be reading a darker tale and the knife the protagonist had brought in her purse would be used, but instead, it was the 'knife' created by the husband and his younger lover, created from the lies he had been living.
I enjoy how you used the setting, the fireworks show, to mirror the destruction of the relationship from the wife's eyes. I enjoyed how the the day, the fourth of July, America's Independence day, also became the protagonist's independence day. Although, it seemed that she saw a great deal more loss than gain in that independence.
Overall, a great short story that packed a punch!
Keep on writing!