Friday, August 12, 2011

Virtuous Flash Fiction: Kindness

Miranda sat at Kevin's bedside, cradling what remained of his heavily-bandaged left hand.
She was unprepared for just HOW severe his injuries were. His right leg was gone at the hip. His right arm...nearly gone. He had massive head trauma and likely brain damage. The doctors confirmed he was stable and would live.

Miranda frowned. Kevin would be alive but would not LIVE. For an adrenaline junkie like him, no cycling, no football, no snowboarding was not truly living...merely alive. She used the heavy chair to block the door. Kissing him goodbye, she unplugged the machines and cried.

8 comments:

  1. Virtue wrapped in legalities is one of the hardest things about living in today's society. I think you pulled it off nicely.

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  2. Thanks. To me, that would constitue kindness of a sort. Thanks. To me, that would constitue kindness of a sort.

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  3. I'm glad I love to read, even if I end up tied to an oxygen tank I can still wander the worlds in books.

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  4. I still don't know that I would want to live in condition this guy is. Tough call.

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  5. This was a really great way to showcase kindness. Poignant and moving, as well. :D

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  6. This reminds me of a book I read about Alzeimer's and euthanasia (Moral Hazards, by Kate Jennings).

    I like this because it doesn't delight in being twisted and dark like some of your other stories seem to (can you tell from that comment the types of stories I like to read? lol), but it actually explores a huge moral and ethical dilemma in a very poignant way. I'm very impressed.

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  7. This a beautifully written and very topical little vignette. I've enjoyed the funny, twisty creepiness of your other stories and think you've a real talent for that, but this shows your versatility. It's lovely.

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  8. Yeah, I actually like this one for not being creepy or twisted like its predecessors. Some people would still call what she did here wrong, but I for one think this may be your first entry I'd call Virtuous without cringing.
    The sadness is powerful, but ultimately I agree with Miranda's choice based on what we know of her and Kevin.

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