The Barriers To Love #carrotranch

Dorinda knew falling for someone rendered inert by illness made no sense. She sat and learned about his unremarkable life, loving him for it. Talking and singing, she attended his needs. She couldn’t explain her curious infatuation but it fulfilled her in ways beyond logic. She heard the prognosis, knew it hopeless but alongside his inevitable decline her love grew, albeit wrapped in an ineffable sadness and guilt that he couldn’t know how she felt about him.

Locked-in, Thomas didn’t know this angel who stroked his hand, wet his lips and cared but he loved her all the same.

This is written in response to the Carrot Ranch’s’ latest prompt:

November 21, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a romance. Focus on the relationship between two people. Build tension and end on a happy(ish) note. Go where the prompt leads!

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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22 Responses to The Barriers To Love #carrotranch

  1. Ritu says:

    Beautifully tragic 💜

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  2. Aw, Geoff! ❤

    I can read this sort of romance anytime.

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    Absolutely perfect Geoff, one of your best💜


  4. Your romantic and poignant self is showing, Geoff. You have better be careful or you will be writing an romance next.

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  5. So tender – and an original take on the theme

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  6. Tender and loving.

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  7. Erika Kind says:

    This was very poignant, Geoff. Beautiful!

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  8. Elizabeth says:

    It reminded me of loving a friend’s mother with Alzheimer’s. We never know what love is being returned when one can no longer speak. Thanks for the touching scene here with the locked in man.

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  9. Charli Mills says:

    Oh, Geoff, you pulled the heart-strings with this one!

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  11. This is excellent Geoff – so well laid out and delivered.
    Again you leave me wishing I’d thought of and written this piece.
    Well done sir!

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