Weekend Writing Warrior 12/27/15 #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?

Libby and Mr. Calloway were stargazing while waiting for the Fourth of July fireworks to start, when he had a seizure. Although he objected at first, he agreed to go to a nearby hospital to get checked out.

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Mom came over and stood next to me as an EMT shut the ambulance doors, and together we watched it drive away, then she wrapped an arm around my waist as I laid my head on her shoulder.

“Will he be okay?” I asked.

She was silent before answering in a low voice, “I don’t know.”

“Why do you do this?”

“Do what?”

“They’re dying – every time you see someone here, it could be their last minutes alive. Why do you open our home up like this?”

“After what your dad went through, how can I not do this?”

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  1. Caring for the dying is a special gift. Lovely dialogue.

  2. It’s definitely a difficult task… but one that needs to be done! And if that care can be provided with compassion, so much better for the people who need that care.

  3. People who work in hospices are a special breed. Wonderful people.

  4. I so admire the character of the mother here! And I’m glad Mr. Calloway might have some hope left, maybe. Excellent excerpt.

  5. Oh wow, that’s quite an undertaking. She’s in for a rough ride if she falls for this man, too!! Intriguing premise, nice!!

  6. Oh, the feels! So glad I’ll get to read the rest because I signed up for your mailing list. :-)

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