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The Buried Lover

Ashes to Ashes

By Stephanie DownardPublished 12 months ago Updated 12 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - June 2023
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It was the wee hours of the morning and the perfect time to do the deed. I knew it was wrong, but my selfish tendencies got in the way. Did his mom really think one tiny film canister was enough? What I was about to do was immoral on so many levels. Even my little brother, who would do anything for me, refused to help. I had some good friends, though. I knew this would follow us to our graves.

The night after the funeral was the only time it could be done. I knew the dirt wouldn't be packed down yet. Plus, no one wants to get caught digging up a cemetery plot. All I wanted was more of my lover's ashes. It was all I had left of him.

So we grabbed our shovels and waited. The hole was deeper than I remembered. We took turns digging and scooping. Until we finally reached the bottom.

I grabbed my jar and pried open the urn. Tears ran down my face as I caressed his ashes in my hand. It was an emotional victory. I slept with him close to me that night. This is a heist I won't forget.

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About the Creator

Stephanie Downard

I'm a mom of 3 plus a bonus son. I've discovered I love writing, and in my free time, that's what I do! I may not be the best, but that will not stop me! It can only go up from here! I hope you enjoy the words that trickle out of my head.

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  • Betty Livell11 months ago

    I enjoyed it! thank you for writing

  • Babs Iverson11 months ago

    Wow!!! Creative & impressive!!! Wonderfully written and an emotional read!!! Left some love!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Andrew C McDonald12 months ago

    A heist to turn one ashen. Nicely done. Very poignant.

  • Lena Folkert12 months ago

    Fantastically written! I love the creativity and emotion compacted in this!

  • C. H. Richard12 months ago

    That longing for her loves presence comes through in your story. Well done ❤️ Congratulations on your top story 👏

  • Daniel Ligairi12 months ago

    wow.. nice angle and hits me right in the feels - great work Stephanie - keep it up

  • Mackenzie Davis12 months ago

    Oh I like your take on the heist story! This is such an engaging read!

  • Congratulations on your Top Story, just shared it in Raise Your Voice before this hit 👍

  • Cendrine Marrouat12 months ago

    Your story made me quite emotional. You have a way with words.

  • Heather Hubler12 months ago

    Aww, that was really quite emotional. Fantastic work :)

  • Oooh darkly beautiful piece. Excellent work

  • Tiffany Gordon 12 months ago

    WOW! Amazing writing Stephanie! Awesome work!

  • Leslie Writes12 months ago

    Woah. I didn't realize this is something people did with ashes keeping some and burying some. I assumed it was all or nothing. Very unique heist!

  • This was powerful and emotional

  • As always, exceptionally well done! Crying like a baby at 34 weeks pregnant haha

  • Cathy holmes12 months ago

    Great job on this. The "prize" was certainly unexpected. Well done.

  • Dana Crandell12 months ago

    That was unexpected, and awesome. Great job!

  • L.C. Schäfer12 months ago

    Great take on the challenge, good luck!

  • This was a heist I never saw coming! That was fantastic!

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