Reflection- #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

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Donna’s deep sigh caught Eddie’s attention. He looked up and saw her standing before the mirror, gazing intently at the reflection that stared back at her.

‘I found another one, Eddie. On the left side of my face this time. It’s bigger than the one I saw last week.’

Eddie grinned and pretended to ignore her, his eyes closed.

‘I think it’s spreading, Eddie. Four last month and two already this month.

Now, Eddie chuckled, drawing a sharp retort from Donna. ‘Stop that! This is serious!’

He walked over and put his arms around her waist, gently placed his chin on her shoulder and gazed into the shiny surface that showed them their visages. ‘It’s called growing old, my dear. See that one? You got that when Bella left for college. This one, near the chin? That’s from Matt’s accident, when we thought he wouldn’t survive. The curved one, near the eye, well, I think we both know where that came from.’

‘The cancer?’ she whispered.

‘The cancer,’ he nodded.Β ‘They’re smile and worry lines, my dear. Perfectly normal.’

Donna’s voice shook as she said, ‘Normally, I would agree. But, we’ve been dead for three years. Why am IΒ still worrying?’

Eddie’s ghostly arm linked Donna’s and softly whispered, ‘You’re worried they’ll stop thinking of you.’


A-Z Challenge 2015

My theme for the Challenge this year is

Alternate Angles

A2Z-BADGE-000 [2015] - Life is Good

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47 thoughts on “Reflection- #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

  1. I’d actually forgotten about this one πŸ™‚ Trust you to dig it up for me! Thank you so much. I had no idea you were going through the A-Z posts. Stop it or you’ll tempt me to sign up this year πŸ˜‰

    Please do write. I love it when people write and keep fine tuning their writing. It’s immensely liberating. Don’t sell yourself short. I am sure you are your worst critic πŸ™‚

  2. Shailaja , each one of A-Z posts are a marvel. This one made a tear escape my eye. The ending.. just beautiful. Its so true that we want to be loved, to be thought about , deep in our hearts, however strong and independent we pretend to be.

    And your writing has given me fresh write better, to think better. I have such a long way to go. Sigh!

  3. He he he, if Bollywood was the standard for fiction writing, I should have never started writing πŸ˜‰ Also, these are ghosts, not vampires. Those suckers cannot see themselves. Ghosts can! No really! πŸ˜‰

  4. This one is a bit scary. So, we are not able to let go of our attachments even after death!?! Interesting!

  5. I was getting so carried away by all that romance happening, when I was struck by the ‘deadly’ end! πŸ™‚

  6. Good one, Shailaja- I was reading so suspicious from the beginning “what was she looking for..?”, but that twist -in the last turn – took me by surprise:-)

  7. This is your best story to date, exceptional. Your creativity knows no bounds…bravo

  8. This one chilled me!!! Nicely done girl… you are the queen of alternate angles πŸ™‚

  9. Nooo! This is cheating! You can’t see the reflections of dead people in the mirror. 😐 Did you not see the bollywood movies that set all these rules in place? πŸ˜›
    P.S. I am kidding. This one was brilliant! πŸ˜€

  10. I definitely didn’t see that one coming. I suppose, on a deeper level, that that’s something most of us worry about. If we’ll be remembered after we die. Well written as always, Shailaja.

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