Mercy on the Mountain

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Mercy on the Mountain

Taylor’s mind spins recalling the events leading to the killing. Her mind ricochets among clarion images in her conscious nightmare that only magnifies killing her father. How did it come to this, thought Taylor? Her eyes glistened as tears welled up spilling onto her cheeks.

Taylor was 10 when she and her father discovered a secret pathway at the edge of the woods bordering their 50-acre dairy farm in the Great Langdale Valley. After hours exploring the many branches and forks in the network of the ancient earthen highways constructed over the millenniums by foraging and migrating animals, they found themselves at the summit of a magical setting arriving there on a path bordered by outcrops of ancient volcanic rock. Perhaps they were the first humans to discover the emerald-green valley of rolling hills dotted with stands of Ash, Silver Birch, and Scots Pines. The Irish Sea bordered the top of the magnificent landscape. And, over the years, Taylor and her father journeyed to their secret place on many occasions.

Taylor followed her dream of becoming a doctor and, at the age of 26, finished her residency becoming a Medical Oncologist.

When Taylor was 36, her father fell ill and was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer, one of the most debilitating and agonizing forms of cancer. With all of Taylor's medical training, she was helpless. As her father’s condition worsened, he begged Taylor to end the excruciating pain he suffered.  After all avenues were discounted, Taylor reluctantly agreed and the plan was decided. They would hike to their secret spot and peacefully end her father’s suffering.

Taylor sat looking at her father's makeshift rocky grave for hours. Finally, she stood, and in an almost imperceptible voice said, “I love you Dad”, and began her journey home.


Submitted: May 31, 2021

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Archia

That is really so sad. I loved the deep emotion and the angst that you showed through this story. It would be such a hard thing to watch that happen and then have such a challenging choice to make. Great story.

Sat, July 24th, 2021 12:25am

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Thanks so much for your comments. Few take the time.

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Sat, July 24th, 2021 1:25pm

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