It’s Not Every Day – short fiction by MorgEn Bailey

The following piece of flash fiction is from Morgen’s smaller short story collection (just 93 stories instead of 250!), The Story A Day May Collection, available in eBook and paperback from Amazon  and Morgen’s online store where you can not only instantly download the collection but also purchase the paperback dedicated to you or as a present! We hope you enjoy this story…

It’s Not Every Day

Shirley looks at the gate and smiles.

She’d not been a religious child, her parents hadn’t believed in anything like ‘that’, but then she’d met Frank Stevenson.

Theirs had been the type of marriage others aspired to, but then they were ‘old school’, believed in family values, compromising along the way. Shirley called her husband “Steve”, their old joke.

Marriage vows quote “in sickness and in health” and they had their fair share of both, though in later years it was more the former than latter, but then Shirley had had good news and they’d taken their lives off ‘hold’. At least to the outside world.

Like other cancer patients given the ‘all clear’, Frank and Shirley hadn’t believed either word. Although nothing was said, they could tell in each other’s eyes that it would never go away.

But they’d lived their lives, slowly put health matters to the back of their minds and joked again.

It’s the little things that Shirley now remembers, things that hadn’t seemed so important back then. She’d called Frank a ‘saint’ when she’d taken ill and it had strengthened their faith.

And it’s that she takes with her as she clicks open the gate.

It’s not every day you get to meet your hero.

But as she walks through the gate, greeted by a young man called Peter, she knows she’ll get to see hers whenever she likes.

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