Weekend Writing Warrior 12/20/15 #8Sunday

a place to die coverThis month’s excerpts are from my short story, “A Place to Die.”

When Libby Starr spends a summer helping out at her mom’s bed and breakfast-turned-hospice, she doesn’t expect to spend her time babysitting someone like Mr. Calloway – a young, vibrant financial planner with a mischievous streak. But Mr. Calloway is sicker than he seems, something neither he nor his family want to acknowledge. Can Libby help him accept his fate without losing her heart?

This week picks up immediately after last week. Libby and Mr. Calloway are stargazing while waiting for the Fourth of July fireworks to start.

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He squeezed my hand as the first fireworks exploded above us, and as another shot up, then another, his grip on my hand tightened until he was crushing my fingers.

“Ow, let go,” I told him as I tried to pull my hand back.

He didn’t respond.

“I mean it, Mr. Calloway; you’re hurting my hand.”

Still no response.

I looked at him, but he was no longer looking back at me – his eyes were rolled back in his head, his mouth slack.

“I need a nurse!” I screamed, startling the guests around us.

Was this what death looked like for him?

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  1. Once again you have touched my heart. Beautiful writing.

    Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones.

  2. “Was this what death looked like for him” – absolutely love that phrase and the stuff it unlocks for me. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Wow, poignant scene, ED. That last line cuts deep…

    I hope you have a happy Christmas. :-)

  4. Oh dear, poor Mr. Calloway! Can’t wait to find out what happens next…

  5. Oh, no! This is not looking good for him, at all.

  6. Wow, what a dramatic way to go!

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