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1986

A micro-fiction story

By J. R. LowePublished 9 months ago 1 min read
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1986
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There were no doctors in the end, nor morphine or cream to soothe their rashes.

Even the janitor wouldn’t walk within six feet of the beds in which they lay.

They shared a room; two strangers, united in their fate, withering further with every cough.

“You an addict too or…?” one questioned.

“Dancer,” the other winced.

A mutual judgement lingered in the silence that followed.

“Well,” the addict said, “Must’ve been one hell of a dance to do that.”

They laughed.

Like men.

Like people.

And though they never saw it, that day, the world took a wary step closer.

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About the Creator

J. R. Lowe

By day, I'm a PhD student, by night.... I'm still a PhD student, but sometimes I procrastinate by writing on Vocal. Based in Australia.

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  • Naveed about a month ago

    Well written! Good job!

  • Intimate, powerful & epic, all in but a few words.

  • L.C. Schäfer9 months ago

    I aspire to this level of eloquence. You paint such a clear picture in so few deft strokes. Thank you for sharing your work with us.

  • Gina C.9 months ago

    I love this beautiful, powerful moment you've created here; soo well done! An incredibly strong entry :)

  • Ahna Lewis9 months ago

    Well done, J.R.! This one was certainly powerful and thought-provoking!

  • Donna Fox (HKB)9 months ago

    My interests most certainly are piqued J.R. I'll definitely be ruminating on this one for some time! Thank you for the food for thought!

  • Paul Stewart9 months ago

    Damn, dude. This is amazing.

  • Cathy holmes9 months ago

    Damn, that was great. Wel done, as always.

  • Brenton F9 months ago

    This challenge is spawning some pure brilliance and this piece ranks high amongst them! Well done.

  • Oh wow, this was excellent!

  • J. H. Walsh9 months ago

    Absolutely beautiful.

  • Donna Renee9 months ago

    Oh wow, this is really nicely done. 👏

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