Love Sick

Runner-up-Flash Fiction Summer 2019 Writing Contest Runner-up-Flash Fiction Summer 2019 Writing Contest

Reads: 1263  | Likes: 11  | Shelves: 1  | Comments: 2

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Invite

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

Submitted: July 03, 2019

A A A | A A A

Submitted: July 03, 2019

A A A

A A A


Love Sick

 

So this is what a broken heart feels like?

No amount of ibuprofen will dull the ache in my chest.

After three months of fervent online correspondence, then a romantic week together in New York, snap. It’s over. Just like that.

I stare down at the blank phone screen in my hand before raising my leg to step onto the train heading to the airport. I swallow back every emotion.

The intense love and passion reduced to an echo. Why?

I freeze mid-step, my stomach dropping. Like the strike of a match, it occurs to me. Her missing appetite and lingering nausea. Not signs of being in love. And the clumps of hair on her pillow. Of course.

I sprint the eight blocks to her apartment.

She opens the door, her wet eyes wide and bloodshot.

“I get it now,” I say between breaths before stepping forward, wrapping my arms around her thin frame. I kiss her head, inhaling the familiar coconut-scented shampoo.

She melts into my embrace, her pale skin cool to the touch.

“I’m not leaving you,” I whisper, my heart crumbling at the thought of losing her. “We’ll do this together.”

She nods, trembling. “Thank you.”


© Copyright 2020 Linda Juliano. All rights reserved.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Invite

Add Your Comments:

Comments

avatar

Author
Reply

avatar

Author
Reply

More Flash Fiction Writing Contests