Euthanasia

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Boley Folks House

Her father wanted to end his suffering .She wanted to ease his pain.. But, what he asked was very difficult for her . Could she grant his final wish.


 

Annabelle Lee sits isolated  alone on a cliff staring out to sea.  She isn't waiting for some lost love who will not return to her. Her thoughts are on her father and his request.  In her mind the words continuously repeat " Daughter, I want to die. Her daddy wanted peace. I want freedom from this cancer and it's pain. When you give me that medicine again will you give your daddy peace. 

 

In her mind the same images loop and reloop playing with the frequency of a very bad video stream. She sees herself nodding yes. Then the image freezes along with her mind.

 

Her father was actually begging her to help him commit suicide. Had she consciously or even subconsciously agreed to commit Euthanasia ? Would she ? Could she follow through with the promise ? It all seemed surreal.

 

As she tasted her  salty tears slowly inching their way down her cheeks Annabelle's mind went blank. Why had he asked her ? She had siblings, their father had another daughter, why  hadn't he asked his doctor ?

 

He called his wife of more than fifty years to his side. He thanked her for giving him six wonderful children . He kissed her cheek goodbye.

 

 He apologized to the sons in law he had held strong resentment against for years. One  son in law accepted the apology and asked for forgiveness for eloping with the youngest of his daughters. The other lowered his head and barely whispered " it's unnecessary mr. Lee.

 

 Individually He advised his extended family  to " Trust God."

 

To one special granddaughter  he asked, " Are you still my girl?" She replied ," Always ! Her grandfather answered " No, not always." Nothing here is forever.

 

Annabelle silently  returned to the house. It was time for her daddy's medicine .


Submitted: June 17, 2021

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