Sweet Marguerite – Lorraine Swoboda
1600 word Romance
An elderly lady learns that, though her heart is failing, it is no longer broken; and that love once given is never taken away.
Her hands wouldn’t hold her. She dropped onto the little landing at the turn of the stairs without harm, but she couldn’t get up again. It occurred to her that her body’s complete failure to obey ought to worry her; but it was beyond her to care. The letterbox opened, and mail cascaded to the floor. Perhaps if she called out to the postman, he would fetch help; but even that required energy that she simply didn’t have. There was no hurry, after all. This was a pleasant place to sit, with summer sun filtering through the rose window and making patterns on the carpet.
The Wisdom of Cats – Lorraine Swoboda
1600 words Feel Good Fiction
Sometimes, when even the weather is against you, you have to step back from a problem to see things clearly – and a little feline wisdom can help, too.
The gutters are overflowing, the drains are bubbling up through the surge of water. An idiot in a car takes the corner too fast, and I’m drenched from head to foot, inside and out. I stand, frozen, unable to believe what has happened. People hurry by, barely sparing a second for a sympathetic glance as they wield their umbrellas like shields. I hear another vehicle approaching, and I slog my sodden way along the pavement and step inside a doorway. I don’t know what to do; misery is seeping into my head where decision used to be. I can’t get any wetter, but it’s a long walk home.