When Double Becomes Single

Last week Sharon Michaels received a call from their family doctor telling her to hurry back to the hospital. She hurried to her car, wondered if she had enough gas, worried who would shovel snow off the driveway since she still had to heal from the recent hip replacement and when she reached the third floor, she raced down the hall toward his room where Doctor Bloom waited for her.

“Sharon, Barry had a heart attack and there was nothing we could do to save him.” She grabbed his white coat and said, “You’re saying Barry’s gone? He’s dead?” She rushed past the doctor, pushed open the door where her husband lay still, his hazel eyes closed, gone forever from her life. His checkered robe hung in the open closet, slippers tucked below, forlorn and shabby. Sharon used the stepstool to climb up on the bed; she needed to be close to him and caress his face; already he felt cool to her lips. She whispered Barry come back to me, you just left but there’s still time to return.; you’re the leader, and I follow. Her fists clenched knowing it’s too late, too late.


16 thoughts on “When Double Becomes Single

      nancygideon says:
      September 9, 2018 at 11:05 am Edit
      This is so sad and touching with the personal little details to give it emotional impact.

      Author Charmaine Gordon says:
      September 9, 2018 at 2:14 pm Edit
      Nancy, I appreciate your fine comments week after week.

      Alexis Duran says:
      September 9, 2018 at 12:11 pm Edit
      The image of the robe and slippers is heartbreaking.

      Author Charmaine Gordon says:
      September 9, 2018 at 2:15 pm Edit
      This comes from my own experience. Thanks, my friend.

      veronicascott says:
      September 9, 2018 at 1:59 pm Edit
      Sad but vividly real, especially with the details you’ve layered into the scene. Very well done snippet…hugs to you, my friend!

      Author Charmaine Gordon says:
      September 9, 2018 at 2:16 pm Edit
      Hi, my friend. We’ve come a long way since sad times. Thinking of you.


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