Flash Fiction (100 words or less) title not included :-)

Christmas In Passing

“Excuse me?” a tall, fading man with a shuffling walk appeared in the doorway of the kitchen, at the care facility she was visiting.

“Yes?” she answered him with a smile.

“Could I have a dessert to take to my wife?”

“I think so…”

What a darling request, she thought, and turned towards the fridge, about to look for something to give him.

“Jake?” a care aide interrupted.

“Yes.”

“Your wife passed away in April. She’s in heaven.”

“Oh. I’m sorry to trouble you,” he apologized to the visitor.

Like a ghost he disappeared past the Christmas tree, empty-handed.

 

 

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9 Responses to “Flash Fiction (100 words or less) title not included :-)”
  1. Gaboo says:

    Nice little perplex, Adrienne. Does the care aide really have to be that matter-of-fact, geesh? I should like to advise that person about giving a little slack. But it’s fiction—got me.

  2. Adrienne S Moody says:

    Thanks for reading, G. I know the ‘new age’ thing to do is be honest, give them the facts. If I were in charge, I would definitely redirect. It just seems the kinder thing to do.

  3. Gaboo says:

    Can we be sure the wife wasn’t there? Thinking in some context, I’m sure we could prove she might.

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  5. Adrienne S Moody says:

    Thank you so much for reading and your response. It means a lot to me~

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    Thanks for all your comments: much appreciated!

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