“Ever since you started losing your vision, you’ve become such a misanthrope,” my friend Sylvia said. “Come to the mall. You need to get out and have fun.”
We’d had this conversation before. This time, I decided just to go along with her. With a tenacious grip on my white cane, I followed her out the door and down the street to the bus stop, listening to the jingle of her guide dog’s collar.
Thanks to Cheryl and Kathy at Writing Works Wonders for inspiring the above work of fiction with their prompt to write something in 100 words or less, using the words “misanthrope,” “tenacious,” and “fun.” You can click here to read others’ responses and post your own.
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Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.
Independently published with the help of DLD Books.
Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.
After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.
Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.
Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?