Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Short Story: "One Simple Wish"

This started out as a novel, but I found out pretty quickly that it was going to be a short. I like this story a lot, even though I haven't submitted it anywhere because I have no idea what genre it is.

On a snowy night that might have been Christmas Eve, a desperate man (his name is irrelevant, though John will do) resigned himself to killing his wife. As he walked slowly down the hall, knowing that he would soon end his own life, as well, the little girl in the room just before his destination called him “Daddy.”
He stopped just outside her door and sight. He tried to ignore her and listen harder at the same time, but he failed at both. She repeated, “Daddy?”