Death’s hand, which I shook reluctantly, was a plumped pillow.
“You’re safe,” he said. “For now.”
“I pictured you as a, you know—”
“Skeleton? You should’ve seen me before the Western diet.” Laughter rippled his corpulence. “Doctor’s telling me to eat better, but she thinks I’m lying about my work.”
Iain Young hasn’t forgotten the childhood nightmare in which he was chased by angry vegetables. That might explain a lot.
Tonight I celebrate a glorious sunset, the precious ending of another glorious day!
Its view is tainted through a hospital window; no problem.
Have I truly beaten death? Perhaps!
I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but for today I’ve won, and with every labored breath I celebrate life’s simple joy.
Lisa Lysen is having fun exploring her passion for words, hoping an adventure in writing may be somewhere in her future.
A benign tumor took her to the hospital. A heart condition kept her there.
“It’s alright,” she announced. “I’m bored, but it’s not serious.”
She enjoyed the gifts, bemoaned the IV.
One surgery for her heart, another for the tumor.
She said it would be alright.
For once, it was.
Kai Raine is a graduate student fighting university bureaucracy and working on a novel. Kai’s work has appeared in the anthology Denizens of Darkness and the periodical Suddenly Lost in Words.