The rusty truth
It was a small box.
One that I had seen many times before.
Until today, I had never been allowed to
look at the box for more than a moment.
Touching it was never an option.
The doctor had called me into the room to let me know
that it was time.
Goodbyes were ready to be heard, then they would be forgotten.
Although we shared the same blood, our tolerance for each other no longer existed.
I reached over and laid my hand on the top of hers.
I was hoping that was enough to let her know that I was there.
It took a moment for her to muster up a whisper.
“Place the box in my hand.”
It was a muted yet proud order.
I took my time crossing the room so that I could examine the
unique characteristics of the box.
It was a rusty color with a golden symbol on the top.
I placed the box in her hand, carefully.
She looked at me and whispered
“You are never to know what is in this box.”
With that statement, she took her last breath.
For what seemed like hours I sat and stared at her
pale lifeless hands still gripping the box.
It was time.
As I reached out to pry the box from her cold fingers,
I felt a wave of nausea overcome me
yet I managed to retrieve the box anyway.
Worried about what I was about to find, I sat down on the chair and
took a calming breath.
As I lifted the top, my throat closed even tighter.
I could not believe what I was looking at.
How could she have hidden this from me for my entire life?
I felt the box slide from my fingers and hit the floor with a thump.
I left the room in a hurry and told the doctor I was leaving.
She had died today, and she had taken my soul with her.
This was written for : Trifecta
This week’s word is:
1: affected by or as if by rust; especially : stiff with or as if with rust
2: inept and slow through lack of practice or old age
3a : of the color rust
b : dulled in color or appearance by age and use
5: hoarse, grating
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