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This week’s photo is by fellow writer Janet Webb. Thank you, Janet!
I’ve been absent from these pages for a couple of months, busy (overwhelmed, actually) coping with medical issues. If this story seems a little different from my usual fare, it is. I’m not sure it follows the “rules.” It’s exactly 100 words, but it’s not really fiction. It is, however, full of feelings that I needed to express.
What the Mirror Shows
by Jan Brown
Jennifer packed her bag. No makeup on the day of surgery. The mirror shows every time-worn line around her questioning eyes. Is it hope she should be feeling? Or something closer to dread?
She blinks back tears as the doorbell rings.
Carmen, her BFF, is taking her to the hospital. Jennifer is hesitant to unload her fears and sadness on Carmen. Her friendship and moral support is priceless; it deserves a positive response.
The tears fall anyway, and Carmen gets a flood of raw honesty, a gloomy glimpse into her friend’s desperation.
Jennifer wonders: What will the mirror show tomorrow?
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