The missing player

hospital bed

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The slight white haired woman sits hunched over the hospital bed tightly holding the hand of the elderly man lying in it.  His eyes are shut and in the dim light he looks pale and serene.

‘Henry, do you hear me my love?  Please say something…’ she pauses looking for a reaction but there is none.

The room door opens letting in the bright light and sounds from the corridor.  A young woman steps in, gently closes the door and walks towards the bed.

‘Hello mum, I’m sorry I couldn’t get here earlier.  How is dad?’

Martha quickly wipes the tears from her face before turning towards her daughter.

She struggles to get the words out.  ‘He’s in a coma…’

‘What?  What happened?’

‘We drove to town after lunch.  Your father wasn’t feeling too well but you know how much he loves going to the square to play chess and catch up with his old pals – no matter how he feels he never misses an event.  I decided to come along to visit my friend at her souvenir store outside the square…’

‘Please mum, go on.’

‘A few minutes after we left home he collapsed over the wheel and the car went off the road into a field.  He had a stroke but by the time he got to the hospital he was in a coma…’ she sobbed.

The daughter hugs her mother tightly and looking over at her father all she can think is how peaceful he looks.

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I am not sure this stands well as a story in itself but it is what came to my mind as the reason for the dreamy world of the man in the The Square Players.

It was written for the Tritecta weekly, one-word prompt.  This week’s word is:

LIGHT (noun)

1a : something that makes vision possible
b : the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptors
c : electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength that travels in a vacuum with a speed of about 186,281 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second; specifically : such radiation that is visible to the human eye
2a : daylight
b : dawn
3: a source of light: as
a : a celestial body
 b : candle   

– See more at: http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/#sthash.bL4pOz6a.dpuf

LIGHT (noun)

1a : something that makes vision possible
b : the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptors
c : electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength that travels in a vacuum with a speed of about 186,281 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second; specifically : such radiation that is visible to the human eye
2a : daylight
b : dawn
3: a source of light: as
a : a celestial body
 b : candle   

– See more at: http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/#sthash.6n2Ydb6j.dpuf

1a : something that makes vision possible
b : the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptors
c : electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength that travels in a vacuum with a speed of about 186,281 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second; specifically : such radiation that is visible to the human eye
2a : daylight
b : dawn
3: a source of light: as
a : a celestial body
 b : candle   

– See more at: http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/#sthash.6n2Ydb6j.dpuf

LIGHT (noun)

1a : something that makes vision possible
b : the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptors
c : electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength that travels in a vacuum with a speed of about 186,281 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second; specifically : such radiation that is visible to the human eye
2a : daylight
b : dawn
3: a source of light: as
a : a celestial body
 b : candle   

– See more at: http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/#sthash.6n2Ydb6j.dpuf

LIGHT (noun)

1a : something that makes vision possible
b : the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptors
c : electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength that travels in a vacuum with a speed of about 186,281 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second; specifically : such radiation that is visible to the human eye
2a : daylight
b : dawn
3: a source of light: as
a : a celestial body
 b : candle   

– See more at: http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/#sthash.6n2Ydb6j.dpuf

LIGHT (noun)

1a : something that makes vision possible
b : the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptors
c : electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength that travels in a vacuum with a speed of about 186,281 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second; specifically : such radiation that is visible to the human eye
2a : daylight
b : dawn
3: a source of light: as
a : a celestial body
 b : candle   

– See more at: http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/#sthash.6n2Ydb6j.dpuf

LIGHT (noun)
1a : something that makes vision possible
b : the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptors
c : electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength that travels in a vacuum with a speed of about 186,281 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second; specifically : such radiation that is visible to the human eye
2a : daylight
b : dawn
3: a source of light: as
a : a celestial body
b : candle
c : an electric light

9 thoughts on “The missing player

  1. Ha! In a few words you impacted a sadness and a feeling a care and love toward a victim of a coma. The last line really touched me.

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