LIFESPAN

The span of their lives ran together.

Born within minutes of each other in the same city, they attended different schools separated by only one block, divided more by religious difference than geography.

They found each other through mutual friends in their teenage years, growing closer with every trip to the park, visit to the cinema or night of partying.

Marriage inevitably followed, children did not. They were content on their own together.

The sweep of history couldn’t separate them. Wars, disasters, recessions: they lived through it all.

Retirement brought even more shared time with one another, well-earned holidays and a slower pace.

Only time could part them.

He remembered when she looked at him through confused eyes and asked him who he was.

He waited until the doctor had finished his rounds on the ward. He gave her one last kiss on her forehead and watched her shallow breathing. He collected a cup of water and poured the pills into his hand.

‘Goodbye,’ he said sweetly, patting her arm. He swallowed the pills in one gulp, then picked up the pillow and held it over her face.

They were found the next morning, together as always, for eternity.


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Copyright Sue Vincent

This is a response to the #writephoto Prompt –  Span curated over at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo. Click on the link to read other stories inspired by the image.

44 responses to “LIFESPAN”

  1. This breaks my heart, but piqued my interest as well. This is such a lovely yet sad piece.

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    1. Thank you so much, glad you liked it 🙂

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      1. You’re very much welcome.

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  2. Such a lovely, heart warming tale. Together at birth, until they die, separated by none, loved it.

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂

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  3. So morbidly beautiful! Well done, yet again!

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  4. Some people would call it murder. I’d call it the only way to end a life spent together.

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    1. By coincidence, the issue of assisted dying was in the news in Scotland again today. It really is time the law was changed.

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      1. We have a case going on at the moment, victim of a road accident been in a coma for over ten years. The parents (rabid Catholics) won’t let him be turned off. His wife and all the rest of the family say let him go. The law says he should be allowed to die, but the parents are still obstructing and making appeals. How must his wife feel?

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        1. It’s terrible for those stuck, unable to move on with their lives and to let go emotionally as well as physically. I can’t imagine.

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          1. This guy can’t survive without the machine he’s on, can’t do anything with it on, gives no sign of life. Ten years of watching your husband turn into a vegetable and his parents refusing to let him die so you can start to get over it. So cruel. Even with laws, there are doctors and lawyers who will fight the opposite corner.

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  5. Heartbreakingly beautiful, Iain. I have known couples that close…

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  6. Excellent, Iain. I can’t imagine life without children, but it is a great piece.

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  7. How heartbreaking, Iain. I have heard of couples like this. Soon after one of them dies, the other follows. Life without the other is unbearable. Beautifully written.

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    1. It does seem to be common. Sad, but also heartwarming in many ways.

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  8. A lovely tender story of everlasting love Iain.

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  9. Oh gosh! My heart! I want to yell, but I can’t deny how good the story is ,even though it’s sad. You have a special knack for storytelling.

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    1. Thank you so much *blushing* 🙂

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      1. You are welcome and good on the “blushing” ☺

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  10. Really good, Iain. I love my husband but I don’t know if I would do something like that.

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    1. I can imagine in certain circumstances some would, but not an easy decision to take, for sure. Thanks Janet.

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  11. So happy, so upbeat, then so sad….well done, Iain.

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  12. Iain, this is a beautifully written love story with a heartbreaking ending.

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  13. So beautifully sad, but glad they would stay together for all time…

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  14. It’s sad that the husband felt that he had to do that. A very emotional story.

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    1. Thank you Alana, I think rather he did it as an act of mercy that put an end to her and his suffering.

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  15. A very heart-wrenching but lovely story about love and loss.

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  16. This brought tears to my eyes. No love greater. 💜

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