A phone call

Life is meaningless, then you die, Cathy thinks. She’s pretty sure she read that somewhere in the Bible, maybe it was Solomon. But for now it doesn’t matter, she just knows it’s true.

She sits on the couch, her body heavy like it doesn’t have the ability to hold itself up anymore. Carlos called to tell her the breast cancer had spread to Lorena’s liver, kidney, bones. Everywhere. She might have a few weeks left. Cathy doesn’t cry.

The people on the tv laugh and make jokes, but they are not funny. The characters fade as Cathy looks beyond the tv and sees Lorena laughing. She and Lorena are children and Lorena is throwing her head back and giggling, covering her mouth like she still does.

In a few weeks she’ll never see Lorena laugh like that again. A tear rolls onto the pillow where her head rests. She closes her eyes and pretends that she and Lorena are children again, laughing and never thinking one bit about cancer.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Natasha
    Oct 14, 2010 @ 20:41:35

    You definitely caught the feeling with this one…

    Reply

  2. dayner
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 18:59:42

    Wow! I hope you plan to follow this up with a happy story. You did such a great job or capturing the emotion, I’m crying. Great job, Kathan. I guess this means your on the mend and feeling better.

    Reply

  3. Parrot Writes
    Oct 11, 2010 @ 10:23:56

    Poignant story Kathan. Its hard to hear those words and know what emptiness follows.

    Reply

  4. Shaddy
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 12:58:37

    In your short story, you captured the importance of memories at unbearable times like these.

    Reply

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