Cecilia’s eyes shot open as she jolted upright. Carlos, her baby, needed her. The doctors were ignoring his cries, and she alone could help him. As if in a dream, Cecilia dressed to answer his call.

Gloria, always on their side, blocked the door. Cecilia shoved her sister, but Gloria braced herself and was barely moved by Cecilia’s violence. Gloria grabbed her sister and held her tight until Cecilia succumbed to her restraint.

The women’s tears mingled as Cecilia’s panic faded. She slowly emerged from her nightmare. To visit Carlos, she would have to bring flowers to his grave.

This post was prompted by the Flash Fiction Challenge at Carrot Ranch (and possibly by the NAMI presentation I heard last week). The prompt is:

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story to reveal a characters symptoms. It can be something the character is oblivious to, or terrified about. It can be a character concerned for a pet or a motorcycle. The symptoms can be what ails society. Go where the prompt leads. Or sleep on it, and see what a dream brings to you!


13 thoughts on “Nightmare

  1. Sarah, this is so sad. The panic of not being able to get to her baby, and then the sad realization that he was no longer with her. It tugs at my heartstrings. So many parents suffer losses such as this. I don’t know how they cope. Their grief must be enormous.

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