Billy’s father died at midnight.

He walked the ten miles from the hospital to home cursing the moon, yelling at the hills and abusing the woods, all at the top of his voice.

Nobody stopped to offer him a lift. Just as well, for he’d also have felt the sting of Billy’s grief.

He went round to all his relatives and his father’s friends, and it was another midnight when he got to sleep.

His father appeared in his tortured dreams as the dawn light was creeping over the eastern horizon.

‘Don’t be angry, Billy. I am all right here.’

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
9 months ago

Ah, this is so sad, Allan. It’s always hardest for those left behind. I hope he believes the message in his tortured dreams. Just for that piece of mind.

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
9 months ago

So glad that Billy’s tortured soul received a message of comfort from his father.
Bravo to you Allan, for having the creatives- to date you have no less than seven micro fiction published under the theme of midnight. Well done!

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
9 months ago

Oh! So touching Allan. I’m glad that his dad was able to speak to him in his dreams. I also want to join Margarida to congratulate you. That’s a huge feat to have the stories pouring in.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
9 months ago

This is so relatable, Allan. I remember too well the anger that grief can summon. The comforting ending to your story is just perfect. Well done!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
9 months ago

Hello, Allan. That is so poignant and very sad. But like the others, I am happy about the perfect and comforting ending. And allow me to join Margarida and Thompson in congratulating you, Allan. Well done.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Allan Neil
9 months ago

You’re always welcome, Allan. Hope you are fine.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
9 months ago

A great story, Allan. I like the way the first and last sentences are setting a frame to the rest of the story. I, like Billy and others, also have the experience of my dead father coming to me in my dream, saying that he was doing ok. It’s fascinating the way such things happen.

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