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different stuff, and I could not truthfully say I’d been sorry. Indeed, it was as if a weight had been lifted, for you see, had she remained by my side, I would have been forced to endure the inevitable torment of watching her age; time would tear at her fine face and figure, slackening her skin, and bending her straight spine double. And this, yes, this is why I shall not marry, for a spouse is a human clock. Banish every timepiece from your sight, but beside you will remain your aging wife, each white hair on her bowed head a stark reminder that your own time is running short. Upon arriving home that night, I discovered my mother curled on her bed, seemingly in the midst of a violent stomach cramp. “It will pass,” she moaned. “The ham I ate for lunch perhaps was spoiled.” I ignored her protestations and left immediately in search of the doctor, Jurgen Bayer. He made a cursory examination then instructed me to watch her closely and to fetch him lest she worsen. The following evening her innards seemed still to be in a state of violent rebellion, so I called on him once more. A tense silence descended as, seated upon the bed beside her, he made his evaluation. He asked her a few short questions, took her pulse, felt her glands, and looked inside her mouth. When he had repacked his gadgets in their glossy leather case, he stood and made his way toward the door, gesturing for me to follow. “Your mother is very ill,” he said. “It is possible that she is not long for this world; only time will tell.” “What can I do?” I asked. “Give her water and broth, as much as she can drink, and try to be strong for her.” With that he took his leave and I was left reeling, a queer emptiness in my chest.

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The Paragon Journal - Issue Ten  

The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

The Paragon Journal - Issue Ten  

The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

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