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I wish I could call my story for this week Flash Fiction. It’s 150 words of what I’m feeling this morning.
VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS
Three young people lie on steel morgue tables while a toddler fights for his brief life.
There’s nothing new under the sun, is there? Newscast after newscast has broadcast similar incidents as I’ve tossed back a glass of wine, shook my head and said, “How awful.”
That changed when I saw the Facebook post that said, “Last night I lost the love of my life.” A couple’s obvious devotion shone from their photos.
My heart plummeted. “That’s my friend, my coworker.”
“Daddy loves you,” said his next post.
Under his words was the picture of a happy father with a smiling boy riding piggyback on his shoulders.
No words in the unabridged dictionary can express the depths of despair, rage and helplessness that drill my soul.
I want to embrace him and say something meaningful to ease his pain, but all I can do is spout clichés through my tears.