SPF: A Painful Decision

168 08 August 14th 2016

They were her favourite flowers.

But that was before Derek left, abruptly, a month after they’d celebrated their first wedding anniversary, when he’d made a pathway of bright pink petals. Later, she’d collected the petals and kept them in a jar.

She smashed the jar the day he walked out.

A few months later she got a phone call and when she rushed to the hospital, almost didn’t recognize his shriveled figure lying on the bed. Somehow she was still listed as his emergency contact.

His eyes brimmed with tears when he saw her.

“I’m so sorry,” he whispered.

When he’d found out about the cancer, the doctor had said it would be painful for him and his family. He loved her too much, so made the painstaking decision to have her endure what he thought would be the lesser suffering.

She held his frail hand and both cried softly. Then she saw the withered petals near his pillow.

“So a part of you is always next to me,” he smiled. “I took them from the jar before I left.”

She visited his grave every week, bringing him the same flowers, so he’d always have a part of her beside him.

For Sunday Photo Fiction

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19 Responses to SPF: A Painful Decision

  1. inkedautist says:

    Wow. That was moving. Nicely written.

  2. Powerful story with a lot of emotion at the end.

  3. Singledust says:

    lovely yet heartbreaking story but so well paced….i see this too often in my profession…often times the patient wants to shield the family and loved ones from the pain and hurt and they just soldier on alone…i love your sensitivity in the words….Gina

    • swritings says:

      Thank you so much for your comment! A very difficult position to be in… and very emotional for all sides involved…Thanks again, glad you liked it! ☺

  4. Joy Joyancel says:

    Beautiful story, it gave me the ‘feels’ 😊😊

  5. KL Caley says:

    Beautiful story, so sad yet lovely. Great job. KL ❤

  6. jademwong says:

    Ooof right to the heart. I need some tissues 😦 Superbly well-written Saima!

  7. This has some dust gathering in my eyes 😉 Bittersweet!

  8. mandibelle16 says:

    So sad. You think he’s a jerk for leaving and maybe he us, but you can understand why he wouldn’t want his wife and family to think of him as the shrivelled figure cancer made him. Happy in the end, she is his contact, and she I able to hold his hand be there for him. Great write!

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