Last Embers

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

The room was dark and drab, the flowers looking more funeral than cheerful. 

The sunset over the river, though, was different.  Seen through the window the bright reds and oranges did speak of endings, but the colors were also filled with life and hope for the future.

“Red at night,” Dave muttered.

It only took a second.  Dave knew it would be over by the time he turned from the window.  Nobody would know, nor blame him if they did.

For the moment, though, he watched the last dying ember of daylight, ignoring the dimming light on the hospital bed.


word count = 100

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48 thoughts on “Last Embers

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  2. Ocean Bream

    This is so beautiful, I thought, looking at the glorious photo and the title which accompanied it. ‘Last embers’ – what a gorgeous way to describe a sunset. Then I clicked, and read, and then re-read, and then blinked and read it again. Brilliantly done, but this one felt painful! You’re pretty much a master of the twist, aren’t you. You had us till the last line!

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      1. Ocean Bream

        You did a wonderful job, was a pleasure to read. I wanted to tell you that I thought of this story a few times this week. It’s funny how some things impact us more than others. This one made an impact.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I know, a lot of unanswered questions. One thing I tried to imply, but maybe missed in the few words, is that the person in the hospital bed was either in super great pain or brain dead or something similar and the MC, Dave, euthanized this person, perhaps putting something in the IV, and was waiting for the end, unable to watch as the consequence of his actions took place.

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