Dina Maria's Letter

Updated on March 21, 2019

Dina Maria Coella 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.

Dina 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...

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      • Li-Jen Hew profile image

        Li-Jen Hew 

        3 weeks ago

        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!

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        4 weeks ago

        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.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        4 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        I am wondering where this story goes nest. I am glad you wrote this chapter and look forward to seeing more from you.

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        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.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        I don't like it when old-timers disappear. Welcome back, buddy!

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 

        4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

        I Love to have you back, my brother Frank! An excellent come-back! I missed your talent.

        Exit life is no exit to dignity.


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        4 weeks ago from USA

        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.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

        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!

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Welcome back Frank. Your wonderful story telling has been missed. Another victim of the serial killer called tobacco.

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        Rinita Sen 

        4 weeks ago

        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.

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        Peg Cole 

        4 weeks ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

        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.

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        Frank Atanacio 

        4 weeks ago from Shelton

        Hey Eric thanks for stopping by my friend

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        Eric Dierker 

        4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        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?


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