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.
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.