General Flash Fiction posted April 5, 2016

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A Tightly Held Secret.

Tighter My Love.

by DonandVicki

A Deep Secret Contest Winner 

I wish that I could die but there is no plug that can be pulled. The pain of knowing I killed her is just too much for me to bear. Part of me wishes I didn't do it, the other part is glad it's over.

The day that she died we both knew the end was drawing near. She was in such pain that it was hard for her to breathe let alone smile at me, but she did both.
I crawled into the hospital bed with her sobbing and held her close, not wanting to let her go. The nurse understood and pulled the curtain shut and closed the door as she left the room. The heart monitor slowly sounded out my wife's failing heart beat.

"Shhhhhhh." She weakly sighed into my ear. "It will be alright, just hold me close".
I held her, not wanting to hurt her.

"Closer and tighter." She gasped " Closer, I want my soul to enter you."

"I don't want to hurt you sweetheart." Pressing my face next to hers.

"No..., no.., no. Tighter, it feels wonderful."

The heart rate monitor started beating at a quicker pace.
She kissed my cheek and whispered "You must help me go."

"I can't do that." Sobbing into her pillow.

" Shhhh... Just hold me tighter and I will stop breathing, it will be alright."
I held her tight as I thought I could.

The heart monitor was almost a steady beat.
"Tighter my love."

With all my might I squeezed her, I felt as if I were crushing her.

The monitor flat lined and I released her and whispered "I love you, I'm so sorry."
I looked at her face and she had a soft smile as she lay there.
The nurse walked slowly into the room with the doctor behind her.
The nurse felt for a pulse as the doctor listened with his stethoscope...

"I call the time of death at 4:42 am. "
"I will leave you alone with her." The doctor said.

He and the nurse quickly left the room and closed the door.
I held her hand and cried, thinking of all the years we had together.

As I walked out of the hospital, her words still ringing in my ear...
"Tighter my love."

Writing Prompt
The topic for this writing contest is: a deep secret. Share a story based on the topic.

A Deep Secret
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Word count 442, same as the time of death...
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