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Until Reunited
By Dawn Anderson
Sunday, December 21, 2008

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Until Reunited is a short story that tied for second in this years Not So Cynical Holiday Writing Contest. I wish all of you a wonderful Christmas and will be back to reading your work in the New Year!

Until Reunited



            As Kate approached the living room, she gazed at the beautifully wrapped gifts that sat under the tree, and although she tried desperately to blink back her tears, she failed. Fate had played an evil trick and reality hit hard. Christmas would never again be the same without Peter. 

            Two weeks earlier, she and Peter, her husband of almost forty years, had been decorating the tree and planning their holiday celebrations. Later that same afternoon, he suddenly collapsed while out having coffee with a friend.  He was immediately rushed to County Medical Center by ambulance, but passed away before reaching the hospital, the result of an aneurism that had ruptured.  And although Kate had received several invitations from family and friends, the sadness and grief she felt caused her to decline, deciding to spend the holiday alone. Their well-meaning gifts only contributed to her sadness, as she remembered Christmases past.

            If only she had been with Peter when he collapsed…the thought constantly ran through her mind.  She knew the outcome would have been the same, but somehow she would have felt better if he had known she had been by his side.

            Peter and Kate had always been a close couple… closer than most, perhaps because they had never been able to have children, and had only each other to rely on. And because she did not have the opportunity to say goodbye, she felt as though their life together had ended unfinished.

            Peter, I miss you so much,” Kate sobbed, covering her face with her hands. “If only I could feel you close one last time.”

            She jumped suddenly at the sound of a Christmas bulb as it fell from the tree and watched as the dog hurried away.

            Max!” She reprimanded, but before she could reach him, he dashed from the room.

            As she moved to the tree to clean up the glass, she caught sight of something shimmering from one of its branches, and as she moved closer, she drew in a breath.

            Peter,” she whispered as she reached out her hand.  There, on the end of the branch, hung a silver bracelet with a heart dangling from one of its links.  As she took it into her hand, she noticed the heart was engraved with her name, and turning it over, she saw that Peter’s was engraved on the back.

            “Why didn’t I notice this before now?”  She wondered aloud, smiling through tears. And although her life would never again be the same, she would remember this Christmas in the years to come, holding it close in her heart until they were united once more.


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Reviewed by JMS Bell 5/22/2010
Reviewed by Dallas D'Angelo-Gary 4/30/2009
Was it a coincidence, or an answer to her unspoken prayer? Nicely presented love story. Love bridges all chasms, even the one between life and death.
Reviewed by Michael Eads 4/11/2009
My mom had and aneurism in 1992. It was horrifying but she was okay after a long operation. She lived another 14 years after that so I am very thankful for medical science. Those doctors saved her life
Reviewed by Cryssa C 1/6/2009
when things such as this occur, it is useless to wonder how... thanks for sharing this holiday magic with us.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 12/23/2008
well said
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 12/22/2008
The moment she finds the bracelet is chilling. A story like this always makes me think about how much I'd miss my hubby should we be parted. Love and Hugs,
Reviewed by 000 000 12/22/2008
Magical writing. They do keep in touch!
Reviewed by Paul Kogel 12/21/2008
Sometimes those who love us can touch us even when they are far away, even on the other side of life. I think this is especially true at this time of year. It seems sad at the time, but when we think back at it, the closeness we feel makes it something we would not give up, even through the bittersweet pain. Merry Christmas anyway.
Reviewed by richmond engelke 12/21/2008
sad and thoughtful hope for the future oflove, you cast your thoughtful heart upon the season
Reviewed by Felix Perry 12/21/2008
This is sad but also heart warming and loving as well to know that this kind of love can still exist and that we can still believe in life's little miracles. Well done, I can see why it tied if not won.

Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 12/21/2008
Well written "sad" story with a nice ending. Merry Christmas.
Reviewed by Carin Spirit 12/21/2008
Dear Dawn,
I type this through my tears, that could not be held back. This is such a touching story, and reminds me that Christmas can have so many diffent meanings to people.
Thank you for sharing. Carin'
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 12/21/2008
Not only a beautiful story, Dear Dawn, but beautifully written. -gene.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/21/2008
My throat has a lump the size of Dallas in it: perfect in every way. Beautiful, Dawn, and Merry Christmas!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Bonnie May 12/21/2008
Wonderfully touching story Dawn...Love is endless and true love never dies, thank you. Love and hugs, Bonnie
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 12/21/2008
Touching story of love that never dies....the message is in the tree...much we can all relate to..Beautiful Dawn.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 12/21/2008
such a beautiful story-very touching

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