Her name was Sandra. Or Sandie. She couldn’t quite remember now, not with the pounding pain in her head, always making its way to other parts of her body, torturing her every second of her miserable life. She was so tired. Why wasn’t medicine working? Or was it working enough just to keep her in this miserable state, not quite dead, but not alive either? She couldn’t tell. She just wanted to end this.

Her mother entered the room. Once cheerful and happy, now she was just a shadow of the past. Sorrowful eyes watched her in grief, as though she could make the pain lessen with her eyes alone.

“How are you?” her mother asked, holding back tears.

She was bad. Very bad. She wanted to end this agony, end this terrible torture that continued with every inhale she took. But here she was, in front of the person who meant the world to her, who supported and stood by her side, when the whole world was against them, who went through hell with her just to keep her breathing again and again.

And so she remembered. She remembered that her name was Sandra. She remembered how much she and her mother had overcome just to be here. She recalled the roads that led them here and never-ending obstacles that threatened to end her life. She recollected the times when she was not sure that she would make it another month, another year, and yet continued breathing. And then she made a decision to go on.

Perhaps this agony will not come to an end. Probably, it will always be like that for them. But for her mother and for the hope in her heart, she would live. Day by day, just to see the smile on her mother’s face, just to feel the the weight on her shoulders ease up.

Sandra inhaled. “I’m fine”.

Her mother’s smile was the brightest one she had ever seen in her life.

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Culture Dragon
Culture Dragon (@culture-dragon)
1 year ago

A well-written story that grabs the reader. You have a lot of talent, and I look forward to reading more of your stories here. 🙂

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

A sadness that turns to hope. Makes the reader hope it will end well for her.

musing mind
musing mind (@musing-mind)
1 year ago

Story ends with such a positive note. Great job.

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

A truly great story! It manages to put a smile on the reader’s face.

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

Hello Alina, a story of the love of a daughter who overlooks her own pain and suffering, to protect her mother from seeing her suffering. This story is a ray of sunshine, for it tells of a very rare quality. Well shown.

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

Alina, this story is tackled with so much empathy. To live for the sake of another is a very difficult decision to make when you live a life so overwhelmed by pain. You’ve portrayed this beautifully.

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

Wow! It is one of the most inspiring stories I’ve read here in Voice.club. The fighting spirit is there, even in her condition but she managed to stay positive and hopeful. This story is so captivating and makes me read twice.

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