I got life: 99 Word flash Fiction

© irene waters 2020
At sixty
the doctor said, 
"Prepare to die." 
Not ready for death
she followed orders
special diet, 
multiple pills ingested.

At seventy 
the doctor said,
" Carry on.  
Increase these pills 
breathlessness will be gone."

All good,
she thought 
I got pills. 
I got life.

At eighty 
the doctor said, 
"Things are worse. 
Let's experiment 
for a longer life." 

Medication 
replaced religion
giving life.

At ninety 
"I don't want to live. 
Please Help me die." 
Stopping tablets
Not easily done  
when the habit of living 
is so strong, 
pills taken.

No good,
she thought
I still got life.

Written for Carrot Ranch where this week Charli asks:

June 25, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story with the phrase, “I got life.” It can be told from any point of view. What meaning does it lend to your story? Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by June 30, 2020. Use the comment section below to share, read, and be social. You may leave a link, pingback, or story in the comments. If you want to be published in the weekly collection, please use the form.  Rules & Guidelines.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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9 Responses to I got life: 99 Word flash Fiction

  1. A tale of a turning point.

    Like

  2. Wow! Changing perspectives, changing desires. Well done!

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  3. Thanks Sharon. You probably understand this well.

    Like

  4. Charli Mills says:

    Such a thought-provoking story, Irene. I never thought about how one’s fight to live might have consequences of too much life. All in balance, eh?

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  6. noelleg44 says:

    Great job! But people at 60 should be told they still have a long life ahead of them. Waiting to die is no fun!

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