#Flashfiction – Sugar letter

The report was no sugar letter. Its message was clear; devoid of any chocolate coating. The shadowy shape on the sonar was a tumour. It was wrapped around the main artery in William’s stomach making effective surgical removal difficult.

“I’ll remove as much of it as possible,” Dr McDonald said, “the piece left behind should shrivel up and disappear.”

He looked at the parents sitting across from him, their faces white and troubled. “The piece I remove will be biopsied.”

“I’ll donate my blood if it’s ever needed. We are a match.” It was all he had to offer.

Written for Charli Mills’ 99-word flash fiction challenge.

February 13, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes a sugar report. Use its original meaning of a letter from a sweetheart to a soldier, or invent a new use for it. Go where the prompt leads!

You can join in here: https://carrotranch.com/2020/02/14/february-15-flash-fiction-challeng/

64 thoughts on “#Flashfiction – Sugar letter

          1. I’m pleased to hear that, Robbie. It must have been worrying though. And I apologise. I didn’t receive the news about a child but about sisters and friends – too many to count. I can’t imagine what it would be like to hear the news about a child.

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          2. Cancer is awful no matter the age of the patient. We had this experience and a good friend of mine’s son died of bone cancer last year. He was only 16 so that was pretty terrible. My mother has also had cancer. It seem so prevalent.

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          3. I am pleased your mum is in remission. The side effects of treatment can be very unpleasant though. My sister has just finished her course of chemo and radiation but the side effects still linger. It’s not much fun, but I guess it is life.

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          4. It does get better, but it undermines your general health for the rest of your life. My mom gets sick frequently and always needs antibiotics and physiotherapy now. I am grateful, however, that we have this “extra” time with her. Blessings for your sister.

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          5. That’s all too true what you say, Robbie. The only good thing is that it helps you appreciate every moment together more than (maybe) you would have before. Thank you for your wishes for my sister. We are hopeful.

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  1. As I age, I know more and more folks with some form of unwanted growth… most have had excellent recovery after removal, yet a few have died too young. There is a point in cooking and baking when the sugar goes too far and becomes bitter….

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