Emelia Maria Coello stared into the mirror in her hotel room on Fairfield and Park Avenue near the newly opened Outside Sports Center. Reaching into a small pink bag she removed a round container and opened it up. Touching her finger tip to the colored contact lens, she placed it over an eye and blinked it into place. After she placed the second one in, she stood back and stared at her reflection as if she waited for a response. An approval so to speak.
Emelia stood there for several minutes before she turned away. Then she walked into the living room of the top floor suite. She removed an envelope from the coffee table and opened it removing the letter she read several times before. She read it again as if the results would be different.
Despair walked toward her like a shadow, paused and just stared.
Stuttering over to the window she opened it and smelled the good old April air. Spring was finally taking over the extended winter. It was the sweet smell of life that filled her nostrils. She wiped the inside of the window with the palm of her hand removing the condensation that lingered after her long hot shower.
She looked back at the coffee table where she put the letter down, and noticed that the table was filled with cigarette ashes. The ash tray was overflowing with butts and the carpet beneath it was a complete mess. There was also a twenty dollar bill she left for the chamber maids so that they wouldn't be to upset about the mess.
Her confidence was assembled near the window pane as she took in another deep breath. She chose this part of the day because the new sports complex was not scheduled to open for several more hours. She didn't want a parade of people wrapped up in her certain failure. The letter was clear and precise. She had cancer and she had reached the final stages of it. She took one more look around her suite and then made her exit...
Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 22, 2020:
Sad and tragic. Life is like that. Well narrated.
Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on June 11, 2020:
Thank you so much
Ann Carr from SW England on June 11, 2020:
It's good to read something of yours again, Frank. I've seen a few comments from you on other hubs lately so thought I'd come over and take a look. I'd obviously missed this one. So good. The details like putting her contact lenses in - trying to look her best - are poignant. You are such a good wordsmith.
Hope you're managing well in these strange times.
Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on June 11, 2020:
Thanks peggy.. Bless you
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 11, 2020:
Your story was moving on to what would be a tragic ending no matter which decision Emelia Maria was about to make. Good story-telling on your part.
Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on December 28, 2019:
Jason Nicolosi from AZ on December 26, 2019:
Your a great writer Frankie! Astounding story, I got sucked right in.
manatita44 from london on December 07, 2019:
Exquisitely written Bro. I miss you and wrote a piece for you but as far as I know, you haven't seen it. Have a look.https://letterpile.com/creative-writing/The-Harsh-...
Your endings are always strong and your plot quite sound.
Sara Sarwar Riaz from Michigan, USA on December 01, 2019:
I have been away from hubpages for a while, so gradually catching up on my readings. Needless to say, visiting your page has never been disappointing. A very powerful storyline, portrayed so effectively. As a physician who treats cancer, I know the helplessness and fear such patients face. I would love to read more of your work soon.
Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on July 09, 2019:
thanks everyone for checking out this quick piece
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 08, 2019:
You pack so much into a few paragraphs. Totally drawn into this, great write.
Li-Jen Hew on March 30, 2019:
Hey Frank. I saw your post on the feed and I knew I must comment. Glad that you posted a story after a long time. What I like about the story is the attention to detail and seeing from the perspective of a cancer patient. Thanks for sharing!
Yves on March 26, 2019:
It sounds like she took her own life before the city came to life. So tragic. Good to see you back, Frank. As always, you are a master story-teller.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 23, 2019:
I am wondering where this story goes nest. I am glad you wrote this chapter and look forward to seeing more from you.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 22, 2019:
Missed you Frank. Happy to hear from you again. Yours are among the few stories that I am excited to read. Touched by Dina's dilemma in this one.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 22, 2019:
I don't like it when old-timers disappear. Welcome back, buddy!
Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on March 22, 2019:
I Love to have you back, my brother Frank! An excellent come-back! I missed your talent.
Exit life is no exit to dignity.
FlourishAnyway from USA on March 21, 2019:
Welcome back, dear Frank! So glad you are posting again. It’s sad how this character ends her life but sometimes it’s better to have control of the exit. Wish we had more legal methods to do so when we are suffering as she was. Cleaning up a jumper is traumatic on others and it was all so unnecessary.
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 21, 2019:
Oh my goodness! You left no doubt about what she was there for, and your writing made her visible in the mind. I love your short stories Frank. Bravo!
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 21, 2019:
Welcome back Frank. Your wonderful story telling has been missed. Another victim of the serial killer called tobacco.
Rinita Sen on March 21, 2019:
Welcome back, Frank. Your descriptions and suspense are infallible as always. I was expecting her to commit a crime at first, but when you fixated on the window, then I knew, although the reason was still shrouded. Am sincerely so glad you posted again on HP.
Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on March 21, 2019:
Always glad to see a new story out by you, Frank. This one's a thoughtful reminder to count our blessings every day. Sad outcome for this person and well told.
Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on March 21, 2019:
Hey Eric thanks for stopping by my friend
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 21, 2019:
Great to hear from you Frank, I hope all is well with you. A riveting story. Sometimes this is life for some of us who go through a stage four cancer. Perhaps too close to reality?