Perspective Turns Everything Around

gun in mouthBy Summit Abrams

John took the gun and put it into his mouth, but couldn’t pull the trigger.

 He never thought it would happen, but it did. The cancer had taken over his heart.
All he wanted was to be with his son, share an ice-cream cone, or just tell him he loved him.
He remembered that death was coming and no one knew when. He couldn’t bear to watch his body grow thin, his eyes sink in, and his skin turn gray.
What would be left after he was gone?
“It’s okay, dad,” his son said. “It’s going to be okay.”
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8 thoughts on “Perspective Turns Everything Around

  1. Drabble forgot to mention this story is reversible. If you reverse every sentence it’ll read this way, giving the story a completely different perspective :

    “It’s okay, dad,” his son said. “It’s going to be okay.” What would be left after he was gone?

    He couldn’t bear to watch his body grow thin, his eyes sink in, and his skin turn gray. He remembered that death was coming and no one knew when. All he wanted was to be with his son, share an ice-cream cone, or just tell him he loved him.

    The cancer had taken over his heart. He never thought it would happen, but it did.

    John took the gun and put it into his mouth, but couldn’t pull the trigger.

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    1. Wow Summit! Incredibly clever premise – did you set out to write it that way or did you just realise it could work/modify it to do so? Shame Drabble didn’t highlight that part – the clue was in the title, right?

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  2. Wow, really haunting at first read. It has a very dramatic impact on the reader. Then looking at it again based on Summit Abrams’ comment, it takes on more meaning. This is one to read and ponder I think.

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