If Only

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


If Only

 

 

Katherine sat on the same rock and gazed at the valley below. When her relationship with John ended abruptly. she felt compelled to visit the place they had met. But that day, sun illuminated the path, the hills, and his smile. She wanted to remember him as a successful entrepreneur, a vigorous hiker, a good listener, a gentle lover. She wanted to hold on to the good memories, but despair pushed them away.

How appropriate, that today, a pall hung over the view, turning the slopes somber blue gray. A chill wind whipped Katherine’s dark hair and forced her to wrap her shawl tighter around her shoulders.

How little we know about a person on our first encounter. Their romantic spark ignited so quickly; Katherine did not have time to consider the clues. Their happiness delighted their families and friends. Their common interests bonded them. Hadn’t they spent so much time laughing?

Now, she contemplated what she had missed. Could she have prevented what happened?

But when they moved in together, she would often wake up in the middle of the night and find him gone.

“Are you having trouble sleeping?”

“Yeah, just a little stomach upset. Probably the pizza we ate.”

But they didn’t eat pizza that often.

She had teased him about his mood swings. “Psychologists think only women are prone to ups and downs.”

After he was gone, she searched the internet, warning signs to watch for. She went to a therapist, who told her, “If I person wants to commit suicide, they will find a way. It is not your fault.”

 The sun was sinking. A rim of pink glowed and faded above the horizon. She stood. She would go on but regret and guilt followed her back down the path.


Submitted: June 24, 2021

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