“You know what we should do?” He looked up from his laptop, face bright with enthusiasm. “We should take a trip during my mid-semester break. How about Kyoto? You’ve always wanted to go to Japan.”
She closed her eyes. “I won’t make it to April.” The armchair was soft, but she still ached. She clutched the armrest to stop the trembling.
“Of course you will.” His stream of forced cheer continued unabated. “We can take tours of the gardens. If you’re feeling well enough, we can even stay at a ryokan.” He started to pull up pictures. She stared at the ceiling as a rain of imaginary tatami mats and tea ceremonies fell around her.
“Eric.” She tried to cut through the flow. “I’m not going to be able to take a trip in April.”
“Nonsense. You need to stop being so pessimistic. You’re going to be fine. The experimental trial is working.”
It wasn’t. The doctor had told her as much. He didn’t want to take away all her hopes, but he wanted to be realistic. Give her the time to say her goodbyes, put her affairs in order while she still could. It would be – bad. She was already feeling it, and it was only going to get worse. Even if she fought through until April, there would be nothing left of her to sip tea and pose on bridges.
Eric had heard the same words she had, but they had skated off the surface of his mind. In this, she was alone. She looked through the open door into the bedroom, where her familiar nightstand stood, comforting with the weight of the bottle of pills she’d hidden at the back of the drawer.
“I won’t be going to Japan, Eric,” she murmured. He wasn’t listening. She got up and dropped a kiss on the top of his head. He asked her a question that she barely registered. “Whatever you like, dear,” she said before she drifted away.
Welcome to this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge. This week the folks at Trifecta gave us three prompts; here’s 333 words (exactly!) on the Lewis Carroll quote “What I tell you three times is true.” I will note that that’s a classic — Lewis Carrol is not the only person to have noted the truth coming in threes. Thanks for reading!