For Trifecta Writing Challenge. The word is REMEMBER: 3 a : to keep in mind for attention or consideration <remembers friends at Christmas b : REWARD – <was remembered in the will.
The night her blood pooled on the deck, she gave her husband a reason to live.
It’s not what you think. He did not go on living hoping she might die.
On the contrary it was his dying that made her so bold; his dying that propelled her in search of answers to questions she knew had no answers.
They were the perfect couple. Do you feel the dread that phrase occasions? You will not be surprised then to learn that the perfect couple, as always, was doomed.
In the third year of their marriage a routine blood test revealed a rare genetic mutation. A physician’s prophecy granted him a few years at most, at worst, a few months.
Maybe his subconscious gave up. Fact is his body began to deteriorate within weeks. She could not bear witness, and so she took to long walks in the fragrant woods behind their house.
One night she found herself at the rear of her neighbors’ house. Mesmerized, she watched them move through the well-lighted kitchen. She had never been invited inside. Nor had she and her husband invited the couple to their home. She would not have been able to say exactly why. Shadowy reasons beyond comprehension.
Then she crept across the wet lawn for a better view, and that’s when it happened.
An animal trap. You know the sort. Sharp, serrated teeth that attack the foot. But, she didn’t even cry out. She pulled the chain from the ground; half ran, half hopped to her house.
Her husband was asleep on the deck. She spoke his name. He was at her side. Somehow he summoned the strength to unhinge the jaws, and release her mangled foot.
Only when she was fully recovered, and no longer needed him, well, you know..
She will remember him with marbles. One new cat’s eye every year. “Have you lost your marbles,” they used to laugh, right before they collapsed onto the bed in a tight embrace.