As Rose was preparing breakfast, a ray of sunlight entered her kitchen. She started humming,

… Smile though your heart is aching …

Her fight back to life after her suicide attempt had been tough, but now she felt confident.

… Smile even though it’s breaking …

With gratitude, Rose thought of the doctor who had connected her with DAWN, Domestic Abuse Women’s Network.

… If you smile through your fear and sorrow…

Those angels had patiently supported her until she was strong enough to start working.

…Smile and maybe tomorrow…

At last, Rose was free.

… You’ll see the sun come shining through for you.

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

Yay! Rose was saved and free from Phil’s clutches! It’s impossible not to sing along to your story, Christer. And now we have a Nat King Cole trilogy of stories… Allan’s, Carrie’s and yours! All very different and all extremely well written.

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

Oh, I love this Christer. I must read the previous stories to gain context. Unfortunately I missed reading and commenting on most of the Autumn stories with being so poorly with Covid and I hate not voting on great stories! Nicely done!

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

Hooray! I am happy that Rose was luckily and miraculously saved from death. My heart is singing with joy. I love it so much. Nicely done. 

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 month ago

You’re welcome, Christer. Thanks for introducing that movie to me, Christer. I am watching the trailer of that movie on Youtube. And I love it. I will find a way to download the whole movie. It’s a little bit funny.

Last edited 1 month ago by Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 month ago

I must say that Charlie Chaplin is a legend.

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

A well deserved Five Star rating, Christer! Masterful use of Nat King Cole ‘s “Smile” lyrics intertwine with a recovering victim’s thoughts. Love how the lyrics give her strength. Having lost my only sister through suicide, your story resonates with me. Wish my darling sister had had the support of some wonderful organisation. Great intertwining of the victim’s thoughts and song lyrics. You explored controversial subjects of suicide, domestic abuse quietly yet with a writer’s creativity.

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
Reply to  Margarida Brei
1 month ago

Yes, Christer you explored those sensitive topics well and good.

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

Apologies for the time lapse, Christer. I’ve been having trouble with VC when I am not at my desk as my iPad refuses to let me comment.
It’s a huge coincidence, I suppose, both of us using the same lyric, but when I saw the prompt ‘smile’ one of the first things I thought of was THAT song and how I could weave a tale around it. Your story is very good and probably uses the lyrics better !

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
1 month ago

This is a lovely story, Christer. It’s well deserving of a 5-star rating. Well done.

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