"Why Did Philip Have to Die?" by Kathy Wood
Approx. 14,210 words.
Published on January 14, 2009.
During a single beat of the heart a person's life can change for infinity. Just as the organ continues to pulse, time also proceeds forward. Seven-year old Philip has finished his (final) dinner and is dashing across the street to continue playing with his friends. He never makes it to the other side. His life ends on the dotted line dividing the lanes of traffic. Why did Philip have to die?