A dove coos

by | Jul 25, 2011 | Fiction, Flash fiction, Relationships | 4 comments

A Dove Coos
By Laura McHale Holland

With the shadows of maple leaves dancing across her face, she rests in a hammock that has seen better days. He pours lemonade and offers it to her, ice clinking against glass. She lifts her hand up but snaps it under the comforter when she sees her mottled, trembling fingers. He puts the glass on the wrought iron table by her side. A dove coos nearby. He bends down, tucks a stray strand of white hair behind her ear and wraps the comforter tighter around her slender frame. She closes her eyes. He stifles a sob, unable to envision a world that lacks her head on the pillow next to his, her dark blue eyes a lighthouse guiding his way.

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  1. Nancy LaTurner

    Lovely story. I also read your previous posts and now I’m hooked on your flash fiction. I appreciate the level of craftswomanship it takes to build a complete story in few words.

  2. Jerry Kohut

    sad part of aging together, but still together

  3. admin

    So true, Jerry. They’ve had many good years together, but the eventual parting is inevitable, a part of life for us all. Life is bittersweet that way. Thanks for reading this and for commenting, my friend.

  4. admin

    Thank you, Nancy, for reading my work and sharing your perceptions and appreciation. I just went to your blog and love your writing, so I’m doubly delighted to have connected with you.

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