He listened until her breathing settled into the deep rhythm he knew so well. Was it really forty years since they’d met?

“My mom only made it to sixty-three,” she’d said, “but I don’t expect I’ll make it that far. So if you’re not sure, I’ll understand.”

He thought about a lifetime in Emergency Rooms and doctor’s offices praying this wouldn’t be the one, then he’d held her every day as if it were.

At midnight, he leaned over and kissed her gently. 

“Happy sixty-fourth,” he whispered. She stirred, the hint of a smile on her lovely face.

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

It always saddens me when people get hung up on age, Preston. I know someone who does it. All I ever hear is ‘I’ll be 60 this year, my dad died at 62 so I haven’t got long left.” Grr. I’m very glad that your protagonist took the risk and I hope they’ll have a long and happy life together. Nicely done

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

Such a sweet and emotional tale, Preston! Very nicely written, you write these tender moments so beautifully!

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

Your story is so captivating and engaging, Preston. I was carried away emotionally but you made me smile at the end. Well done.

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

You’re welcome, Preston.

Allan Neil
Allan Neil(@allan-neil)
1 month ago

Such tenderness in your final sentence, Preston. It caught in my chest like a sob.

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Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
1 month ago

Such a touching tale. You have packed so much emotion in so few words. I loved this line-
“he held her every day as if it were” (the last.) The lesson I take away is to really appreciate what we have.
So who is your muse?

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

Such a beautiful, gentle and emotional story, Preston. I’m a sucker for a love story and this one is right up there. I read in your response to Margarida that your wife suffers from Crohn’s Disease and my heart goes out to her. My daughter suffers from Ulcerated Colitis and I know just how painful and debilitating it can be.
Your story goes straight to the heart. Loved it.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
Reply to  Preston Randall
1 month ago

Thank you Preston, I really appreciate your kind words. In the early days, Amanda spent hours researching the condition but, after years on different types of medication, eventually decided on an operation. She still experiences flare-ups which she was told to expect but her life has thankfully improved since then. I can relate when you say how your wife inspires you every day, those suffering and living with these conditions are truly inspirational.

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

A very captivating story, Preston, told with a lot of tenderness and warmth.

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