The children sleep softly this All Hallows Eve, wrapped in moonlight and dreams.

Suzie snuggles with her favorite toy Fluffy, dark hair encirclng pink fur. I hold back a sob. My darling daughter must never know.

Matthew grins in his sleep, chuckling at one of his tall tales. My own crooked smile trembles. My precious son must never know.

I ask the moon to be their mother, to smooth the tangled curls, kiss the bruised knees. This blue moon is a gift. A second chance. My tears flow silently as I say goodbye, hoping they will remember me with love, not horror.

I tip-toe back to the hand-carved bed I share with my beloved Zack. He turns in his sleep, reaching for me. I rest against his shoulder as I have every night this past year, wide awake, willing my heart to keep beating, my blood to continue flowing.

I remember the moment I knew I was dead. The car crash, Zack howling in fear, my babies screaming. “Don’t leave me, Ginny!” “Mommy, don’t leave!” Their anguish tore me apart. I could not desert them. I forced myself to re-enter my body, to become warm and alive again. All for love. And now, also for love, I must go.

I never sleep, I don’t age, I am almost immortal. They must never know they lived for a year with … a zombie? One of the living dead? But zombies don’t love. The undead don’t weep. Monsters returned from the grave don’t have hearts that break every single day. There is no name for what I am. They must never know.

Moonlight carves a path for me. I’m at peace; I’ve made my decision. I finally relax the iron will that has kept me alive these twelve precious months. Just before I fall into the long sleep, I hear my mother’s voice. “Well done, darling Ginny,” she says. I’m a little girl again. “Blue moon,” mother laughs, pointing to a long-ago sky. I stand on my tippy toes, reach out and touch the radiance, my tiny hands shimmering with silver.

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1 year ago

It’s not often we find a story that’s a true scarefest and a true love story. “Blue Moon” is it!  We loved the way that the moon itself became one of the main characters, which was particularly meaningful this year of the Halloween Blue Moon. The last paragraph brings both tears and joy, and is one of the most beautiful scenes of dying that we can remember.

Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary(@emily-oleary)
1 year ago

A sad little tale of love, but with such a soft and hopeful ending. Really lovely writing Juma!

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Wow! Juma, I loved this Halloween story. You have a lovely gift in the words you paint, always well chosen and very descriptive. I’m also aware of the natural insight that you have. I really enjoyed this read.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

You can really feel the love in this story, Juma. You have a real gift with words and the end of the story, though sad, is quite beautiful and leaves you with a feeling of hope.

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Genya Johnson
Genya Johnson(@genya-johnson)
1 year ago

Such passion flows through your words. I could feel for mother and children through your writing. I also learnt something and will watch out for the blue moon this Halloween.

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

Your story really pulls at the heart strings Juma. But the ending, although gut wrenching, does leave us with a sense of peace and comfort. Beautifully told.

Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson(@susan-dawson)
1 year ago

Yes, the blue moon was mentioned on tv this morning – gift for you with this story. After a moving storyline, you came up with a trebly fascinating ending – the moonlit path could have stood in its own right, but you have added both the mother and the long ago blue moon.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Congratulations Juma

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

Congratulations Juma, I loved your story.

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Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary(@emily-oleary)
1 year ago

Congratulations Juma! Well deserved, such a heartfelt piece!

Nimra Savanghan
Nimra Savanghan(@nimra-savanghan)
1 year ago

As a mother, this really hit me. Beautifully written, Juma.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Well done Juma – Eric.

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

Congratulations, Juma, to a very powerful story and to a well-earned nomination. It is well well deserved. The story is very suggestive, beautiful in its sadness and estranged love. I love the repeated phrase “They must never know.”

Ngozi Andrew
Ngozi Andrew(@ngozi-andrew)
1 year ago

I really love this story. A deep tale of undying love beautifully wrapped in a small tasteful package. Way to go Juma.

Brigitta Hegyi
Brigitta Hegyi(@brigitta-hegyi)
1 year ago

Heartbreaking and beautiful, congratulations.  ? 

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

A story with overflowing love ❤️ yet scary. I love it. You are very passionate and gifted.

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi(@katy-bizi)
1 year ago

Such a scary story! Congratulations, Juma!

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