January 19, 2014

January 19th, 2014 StoryStarter prompt: Tears wouldn't come, no matter how hard she tried. Death was a reality everyone eventually faced. Why cry over the inevitable?...

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me..."

The words were as familiar to her as her own name. Everyone knew the 23rd Psalm. She stood stone cold in the blustery November afternoon. Waiting for the preacher to read the last rites so she could get home, get out of these stiff, uncomfortable clothes. She knew they were all watching her. Waiting for her to crack under pressure. She wouldn't give them the satisfaction.

She'd hated the man when he was alive, and now that he was dead, she hadn't suddenly forgiven him of all his sins and forgotten the hell he'd put her through for the first sixteen years of her life. No. Edgar Miller could go to hell, along with the rest of these hypocrites.

Her aunt nudged her, bringing her back to her surroundings. Belle tossed the rose into the grave, crossed herself, and turned to leave. Her aunt Edna -- her father's only sister gave her an icy glare. "Show some respect. Honor they father and mother, didn't anyone teach you that?" she hissed beneath her breath.

"Of course, Aunt Edna...they also taught me that honor was something that was earned, not just given away freely," Belle said. "You can stand here and give everyone your holier-than-thou act if you'd like. As for me? I've got a date with my good buddy Jack Daniels. I'll shed no tears over this man, no matter how hard you think I should try. Death is a reality everyone eventually faces. Why cry over the inevitable?"

With that, she brushed past her aunt and headed for her car.

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Lori L. Clark

Lori L. Clark currently resides in Hazelwood, MO with three rescue dogs. When Lori isn't listening to the voices in her head, waiting for the next creative inspiration to strike, she also loves to read, run, paint pet portraits and save dogs. Email Lori at

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