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Five Sentence Fiction – Celebration

Happy Birthday – five sentence fiction

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“Happy birthday, you old goat,” she said, staring into his eyes. She fumbled with the lighter as she lit the candle.

She shook her head and forced a half smile through the streaming tears. She sang to him in the dim light until the crying blurred the words. Sniffling and wiping her nose with the back of her hand, she pinched out the candle and turned the picture face-down.

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Author’s notes

It’s my dad’s birthday in a couple of days (Oct 10). I try to imagine dark moments in the lives of everyone as they deal with grief in their own way, even years later. I think time doesn’t heal all wounds as much as scab and scar them over, and you have to push your attention away from them as you go about your life.

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