“Whatever you think best Mrs Webster.”

Surely she should feel empowered? She was finally being asked to make a decision except there wasn’t exactly a choice. It wasn’t a passing of the batten but a passing of the buck. Let’s pretend you have all the power in the world now because we’re at the end of the line. We have no more answers.

The routines and rituals of sitting in the hospital whilst learnings, decisions and treatments were bestowed upon her would all stop.

All that knowledge had been defeated with a single question.

“What do I do now?”

Oh dear! Another sad and foreboding response to this week’s prompt from Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch. You might guess I’ve been working at my memoir amongst other things! One caveat to note: Mrs Webster’s cynical misgivings don’t necessarily reflect my own. I suspect Society’s exhalations of medicine create an expectation many medics might see as getting in the way or burdening their role. One person expecting all the answers whilst the other cannot possibly have them.

February 3, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that explores the question, “What good is power?” Is it a story of empowerment, or a story of a dictator? Poke around power and go where the force takes you this week