Linda had already decided, but she was trying to help him feel like it was the right choice. He struggled with a view of his future without her. The years they had shared were too precious to find compensation for.

But oh, how he had wanted Louise. It was a real need in him to play the virile man. Linda smiled kindly at him, but without pity. Her loss was far greater and they both knew it.

Louise was his future now. He needed to accept it graciously as his wife rejected chemo in favour of their daughter’s life.


Charli Mills hosts a weekly flash fiction challenge on her blog Carrot Ranch Communications. I’ve had a couple of attempts before and looked at it many more times, when:

Inspiration = Zilch

Frustration = A whole pile of …


This week  

5 minutes !

and I had the above in response to:

May 28, 2014 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a decision between two clashing priorities. If you have time to have a go, or to read more of her post and other’s contributions here. When I ‘get it’ it’s great fun!