Grieve the loss

Last time: Knick-Knacks


“This is going to be a bitch to clean out, Becca.”

Rebecca sighed. Bill was standing just inside the door of the shed, but she wouldn’t enter. She stood outside, refusing to look at the knick-knacks her late husband had collected during their years together. “Just throw it all out.”

“You should have a garage sale. A lot of this is in good condition.”

“I just want to be rid of it. I want to get it over with.”

Bill emerged, cobwebs clinging to his hair. “It’s not going to be that easy, Becca. It’s not like the last time.”

She scoffed and headed across the yard to the house. Bill followed her inside, sliding the glass door closed behind him.

“Go away. I thought you were my friend. I thought you were here to help me.”

“I am your friend. But you need to allow yourself time to grieve. Darren’s death was unexpected.”

“I know that.” She sneered, throwing books haphazardly into boxes that were spread across the living room. “It doesn’t make any sense to cling to the past. What I had with Darren was great, but now it’s over. So I’m moving on.”

Bill sighed. After a few moments of silence, he finally had to speak again.

“When Jay left…”


“…you were devastated. He was an asshole, but we were all charmed by him.”

“Don’t do this Bill.” Tears ran rivers down her cheeks. “Please.”

“And then you met Darren, and you felt as if he saved you from the heartache Jay left behind.” Bill stood and wrapped his best friend in his arms.

“And now Darren is dead!” She shrieked. “He abandoned me. Just like Jay did!”

“You don’t mean that. You just need to let go and allow yourself to grieve the loss of someone you loved.”

Rebecca sank to the floor, letting the grief wash over her. Bill sat beside her, rubbing her back until her sobs subsided.

Write at the Merge prompt: For this week, the editors at Write on Edge gave us a photo prompt, which can be found here, and a quote: “When you’re in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, ‘Damn, that was fun.” (Groucho Marx)



Trifecta one-word prompt: Bitch (3): something that is extremely difficult, objectionable, or unpleasant

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19 comments on “Grieve the loss”

  1. Atreyee

    oh,this is so beautiful!We sometimes find it hard to grieve & put on a matter-of-fact face to deal with it-reasons behind it may be any.However ,the grieving has to be done or it may become a festering sore which never heals..

  2. shelton keys dunning

    So well done! This is the sort of scene, the sort of friendship, that each of us experiences at least once in our lives. We need that anchor to keep us from swimming out so far that we can’t find our way back. You’ve captured the essence of that brilliantly. So again, a very well done, indeed!

  3. Rachael

    What a heartbreaking scene! It would be terrible to lose someone and then to have that added baggage from the past…Hopefully Rebecca’s heart heals.

  4. cait

    The dialogue feels very real. I think you portrayed Becca’s grief really clearly!

    stopping by from WOE

  5. Write on Edge

    Her emotions are so raw here, attempting to be cool and rational with everything tangled up in pain just below the surface. I liked finding out more of her background and why she felt so “broken” before her relationship with Darren.

  6. Marva

    Beautiful. You words took me there, I was outside that shed watching her. I also felt her loss and Bill strong-handed compassion.

  7. Valerie

    After reading this, my heart is broken for Rebecca. I’m glad she has Bill. I like the tender image of him rubbing her back until her sobs subside. Sometimes gestures are so much more comforting than words.

    Well done! Great writing!

  8. Jennifer

    This was really well written, extremely realistic and the dialogue was awesome. It did a great job of showing the jagged edges of grief.

  9. Annabelle

    Wrenching scene. I think I might punch someone who brought up my divorce while I was in the middle of mourning being widowed, though.

  10. Mandy

    She’s lost love twice, it looks like, in a short time. One by his choice and one not. I feel for her and her breaking heart trying to patch together her life.

  11. Cameron

    Perfect follow up to Knick Knacks… Grief and denial and the power of a good friend. I like Bill.

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