Letting Go

I’ve just watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes again, which is a fantastic movie by the way. Anyway, there’s a really nice scene where the lead character’s dad (John Lithgow) refuses any more treatment (he’s suffering from Alzheimers) and passes away quietly in his sleep. The scene inspired this piece. It’s another of exactly 101 words.

Letting Go

John sat gently on the bed. It rocked slightly but Jennifer’s sleep remained undisturbed. Reaching down, he pulled a small syringe from his briefcase.

After all this time, he found the routine no less painful. But each new day was a blessing, proof that the serum worked.

As he pressed his lips against her cheek’s dry skin, John felt his wife’s long forgotten touch as her hand clutched his. Sitting up, her weary eyes conveyed his saddest fear.

“No,” she whispered softly, “no.”

He forced as comforting a smile as he could conjure.

Then watched as her eyes closed one final time.

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Author: jackkholt

Film graduate. Lover of lots of good films and quite a few bad ones. Reader. Writer. Novel in progress, obviously.

25 thoughts on “Letting Go”

  1. This reminds me in a way of my flash, “Wandering Minds,” where the Alzheimer’s patient wants to find where his mind goes when it leaves. I can only imagine the point at which I’d say “no more” though. Too much to accomplish before I can leave it all behind.

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