Friday, 29 April 2016

#A-Z Challenge [2016]


You came.” Richard rose from his seat and kissed Marianne on the cheek. “How was the rest of your day?”
“Just as dramatic.” Marianne sat down and let out a sigh. Richard closed the lid of his laptop. “You really sat here and worked all day?”
“I took a couple of hours off. Went to see how Zoe was getting on. She’s an interior designer and she’s been wanting to get her hands on that room for ages.”
It was in that moment when Richard smiled that wide smile of his that Marianne looked into those brown eyes and remembered how just a few hours ago they were filled with tears. And then it hit her. She knew why it was Richard had seemed so familiar to her. She’d seen him in a hospital car park. She’d been frantically searching for her car. She had also been crying. She’d come from the fertility suite after having been told that falling pregnant was now even less of a possibility than it had ever been. Her husband hadn’t even come with her for the appointment. But she remembered seeing the man in tears and wondering if his wife couldn’t conceive either. She’d wanted to go up to him then, put her arms around him and say, ‘I know exactly what you’re going through.’
That was three years ago and of course he hadn’t been coming from the fertility suite, he’d come from the oncology department. It was the day his wife, Caroline, had died.
Marianne squeezed his hand.
“What is it?” he said.
“Oh, nothing.” Marianne glanced out of the window. Striding towards the coffee shop was the girl from the selfie. The girl half Richard’s age. His daughter.

4 comments:

  1. Will it be a scene of hysterical disbelief or acceptance of her father's happiness? Tomorrow will tell?

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  2. Oh, interesting little coincidence.

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
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    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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  3. Oh, I'm on pins and needles now. The coincidence! The daughter approaching! How is this going to end??? Can't wait for tomorrow!
    Carol at My Writing Journal

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