Affirmation

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


 

Affirmation

Alex knew the solution offered by the jagged rocks below would quickly relieve the overwhelming grief and despair that consumed her from the loss of her husband, Michael. Cancer savagely ended his brief 33-year journey.

Alex first met Michael behind the spot where she was sitting, twelve years earlier. He was jogging on the narrow path east toward the Irish Sea and Alex west when they collided propelling them both back onto the ground. Each had been distracted while admiring the vastness and majesty of the breath-taking emerald-green valley below. It was a magical moment-in-time that immediately blossomed into a loving and enduring partnership. Since then, they had often gone there together. For Alex and Michael, it was a cathartic haven offering a natural opiate mitigating the many stresses and problems life dispenses.

An evening chill made Alex shudder under the thin, tiger-striped teal cotton wrap but she didn’t feel it. She was numb. Tears streamed down Alex’s cheeks as she revisited the joys of their 12-year love story.

Alex felt a presence, a disturbance of sorts. To her right, a growing luminance struggled to frame an image. Unclear at first, it gradually took form. It was Michael. Alex, both startled and confused, began sobbing. Michael gently placed his hand on Alex’s stomach. “Our son grows. Love him as we have loved. In time, we will be together again. Live your life, Alex. I will always be with you and our son”. Michael smiled his warm, inviting smile then kissed her gently on her lips. His image then dissolved like a solitary cloud on a hot summer day. “I love you, Michael”. To Alex, her words seemed empty but she knew that her heart was true. Alex's jagged rock solution morphed into a new affirmation of life and hope.

 


Submitted: May 25, 2021

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The Mind Breaker

Good title. Excellent vocabulary.

Tue, May 25th, 2021 5:23pm

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Sadly, after considerable consternation, I changed the title because I didn't think many would understand the meaning. Accordingly, I ended up changing some of the text. However, thank you very much for the kudos. I'm impressed you got it.

Wed, June 2nd, 2021 2:04am

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