Lost Without Her

“Mother,” Sylvia sat gingerly on the bed. “I have a question. And before you say no, hear me out, okay?”

She cleared her throat. “I know I said I would never do it again, but I’ve …” she paused and took a breath. “… met someone. He’s very kind and really smart,” she hurriedly added. She sighed before continuing. “Mother, may I …”

“Sylvia,” a voice interrupted from the doorway. “You know mother is dead, right?”

Sylvia glared at her sister before leaning closer to her mother’s picture. She whispered conspiratorially, “don’t listen to her, she’s crazy. I know you can hear me.”

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Write up to 100 words, fact or fiction….

This is a themed writing meme hosted by Jenny Matlock. The goal is to write something that does not exceed 100 words (not including said prompt). The prompt is in italics.

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12 Replies to “Lost Without Her”

  1. I read this through twice and went a different way each time in my imagination. I love writing that is so open to personal interpretation. This was really clever.

    I admire how you wrote this.

  2. This was beautiful. I’m sure a lot of people do that. Just because they are not physically present doesn’t mean they still don’t hear. Great job.

  3. I thought you were going along a similar path to me but that’s a great twist at the end. I still wonder what my mother’s response would be in certain situations and she’s been gone 30 years!

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