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A Short Story in the Slice of Life Series

David Lee Howells

Copyright 2013

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Catching Up

Karl Hoffman had been a widow for three years; his wife Sophie had passed away peacefully in the night of what the doctors had dubbed a ‘silent heart attack’. Such an odd term for such an event, plaiting truth and lie into a philosophic braid. One evening, he and his wife of over thirty years kissed and snuggled their traditional good-night ritual, while death patiently waited outside the bedroom door.

He woke the next morning. Sophie didn’t. Karl knew immediately that something was resoundingly wrong in the silence hallmarked with pale lips, half opened but unseeing eyes and the incongruity of morning bird song. He remembered praying that it be a nightmare.

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