Rosary

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A quick written idea for a story that needs expansion

Submitted: November 06, 2015

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His knees thudded against the cold, linoleum floor.  His hands clutched a wooden rosary, worn from the use every Sunday.  His heart thundered in his ears as he slowly said prayer after prayer.  Juan’s whispered words were his, but they were also His.  Fear was his motivation but love was reason for his presence in the first place.  As each prayer slipped passed his lips, his heart rate slowed.  Nothing had changed but he was letting his fear be sent into the world around him.  The hospital waiting room was no place to sit and hold in the emotion.  He watched the beads roll between his fingers, fitting like a glove.  His eyes darted to the doctors walking by.  He waited.  “Soon,” he thought as he prayed, “he’ll come back and tell me she’s okay and it was a scare.  Yes, just a scare.  Please God, hear me now more than ever before.  Take me instead.  Let me feel this, just as long as she lives.” 

The young girl sat and watched as Juan rocked on his knees.  She had no idea that their lives would be entwined for the next 31 hours.  A man walked past them both, smiled, and continued on his way.  This man would be their link.  Their knot.  He was the one that linked their messages across the cold waiting room, in the St. Vincent’s Hospital that long morning. 


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