The sun peeked out from the edge of the harbor as the once black sky turned to the crimson shade of dawn. The so few clouds that loomed over the city resembled the orange cotton candy sold at the fair. The woman almost felt nostalgic looking up at them.

“Doctor, here you are!” Mike, an intern under her wing, called out as he run out of the hospital. His eyes were hollow, dark with sadness, and a frown touched his lips.

“When?” she muttered as she immediately realized why he look so defeated.

“He died just fifteen minutes ago.” His words barely reached her ears as his voice trailed off to a whisper. She turned and stared at the dawn. He had faded away, her colleague with whom she was just watching the same sight a few days ago. He had passed away, just like the patients he was looking after not too long ago.

She could be the next one and, as that thought struck her mind, she realized that she wasn’t ready to die. She had a family, two kids waiting at home, and plenty of promises to them that she hadn’t fulfilled yet.

A sob spilled out of her and she doubled over, her forehead hitting her knees. Had the time arrived to quit? She knew that the hospital was like a battlefield, where death could knock on her door any minute, and that one day she wouldn’t be able to keep up. However, leave all her patients, acting cowardly… Could she give up?

“Doctor, it’s time to go inside. A lot of people are waiting.” She breathed in and looked at the sun which had now fully revealed itself. He was right; a lot of people were counting on her.

“Let’s go,” she announced as she wore the blue face mask. She wouldn’t put down her mask and cape, not yet.

She took one last look at the sun peeking out. Maybe, the breathtaking dawn was foreshadowing a better day, a new beginning with less death. She could only hope she was right.

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Crystal Cel.
Crystal Cel.(@crystal-cel)
1 year ago

This is such an inspirational story, especially during the current pandemic. I can only hope that all doctors have the strength to keep going, just like this story. A very well-written story. I wish you the best of luck on the contest!

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

Doctors make such incredible sacrifices, which is why your story is so terribly sad, that her colleague lost his life while working tirelessly to keep others alive. Really well written Katy. A story that stays with you.

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

This is very inspiring. My tears are shedding while reading this story. We all know how the doctors sacrifice their life just to serve people and protect people’s lives during this pandemic. Their work is very risky, for their own sake and for their family but they still choose to give their service to the people in need. A big salute to all the DOCTORS out there, especially those who died on this battle.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago
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Genya Johnson
Genya Johnson(@genya-johnson)
1 year ago

Your story is so inspirational. These people who risk their lives daily for others. Very emotional.

Greene M Wills
Greene M Wills(@greene-m-wills)
1 year ago

How do you break such news? This is so poignant and perfectly describes the feeling of loss for someone we might not have loved as kin or friend but as a human being. Also the guilt and the eternal question: could I have stopped this?

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

I think that you Lotchie, have summed it up better than I could, but I would just like to add that Doctors and Nurses, still find the courage to keep smiling, passing on that ray of hope. And as you say Katy, knowing that there will be a ‘New Dawn’.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Radcliffe

Yes Eric, I agree. Thank you for noticing my comment.

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Mary Kot
Mary Kot(@mary-kot)
1 year ago

What an emotional story, Katy! A moment of silence for our fallen heroes and the ones still standing and fighting…

Mary Kot
Mary Kot(@mary-kot)
1 year ago
Reply to  Katy Bizi

Yes, let’s all show our support to every worker who is fighting hard for us.

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

The situation of your doctor must be so common and many would make the same brave decision.

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Juma
Juma(@juma)
1 year ago

What a wonderful story of courage and grace under pressure, Katy. It’s a very timely reminder and an historic record, as well as excellent writing. We are all so thankful to the doctors that manage to keep going during this heartbreaking time. Congratulations on a well-deserved win!

Panos Bizi
Panos Bizi(@panos-bizi)
1 year ago

The emotions that are coming to life on this piece. Well done, Katy, on creating a story that does justice to our heroes!

Panos Bizi
Panos Bizi(@panos-bizi)
1 year ago
Reply to  Katy Bizi

Also, congratulations on placing first!

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