ten days-thirty words

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


Ten Days-Thirty Words

Written by: Cindy040775

Day 1: My body has surrendered to this degenerative disease; My muscles feel heavy with atrophy. I was diagnosed several months ago and have been living on borrowed time since. 


Day 2: I told my girls they will be without a mother soon.  We wept until we could hardly breathe. Then, we curled up close and watched a terrible movie. 


Day 3: I wrote my bucket list today. It will be very short;  Feel the sun on my face every morning. Sleep with the knowledge of a well spent day. 


Day 4: I wasted today arguing with my mother about the girls. Even terminal status doesn’t alter parental triggers! Maybe she was right though. The girls will stay with her. 


Day 5: Today I planned a trip for late fall; Searched online and bought a plane ticket to the Italian Dolomites where I’ve always wanted to go. Now I have. 


Day 6: My funeral ceremony will be simple;  Ashes spread in the Pacific Ocean. I won’t expect people to only remember the best of me. It's not a fair ask.


Day 7: I woke up cured! Spent hours languishing; time a luxury. My girls were mad that I didn’t even attempt to get out of bed or eat or drink.


Day 8: Ok, I’m not cured. I am slipping away. I have precious little time yet nothing left to do with it. Funny how death takes away life before arriving.


Day 9: And now my mind is bewitched. I sit upon a craggy mountain top wrapped in my favorite shawl of turquoise chenille.  My body quietude, a decrescendo of breath. 


Day 10: Mind and body ready, I have decided to stay on this Alpine mountain top.  My eyes set adrift, I am unanchored and expansive. I hope the girls won't mind.


The End


Submitted: July 01, 2021

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Susan Stec

I love the way you worked this. The format is excellent for getting into the mind and personality of your character. Jumping from past to present is not an issue, even mid-paragraph because it's doable with dialogue. Well done. I think you rather lightly touched on the mindset of the terminally ill. But sometimes, it's the little things that create more thought than the hardcore reality of death on your doorstep.
I enjoyed the read - hope I gave you what you were looking for.

Thu, July 15th, 2021 6:36pm

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