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October 3, 2017 > Talented writers shine in Flash Fiction Contest

Talented writers shine in Flash Fiction Contest

Submitted By Al Minard

This yearÕs Flash Fiction Writing Contest winner was published in last weekÕs edition of Tri-City Voice. This week, Second Place entry, ÒThe Goodbye HugÓ by Richard Lau follows:



The Goodbye Hug


ÒI gotta go, Mom.Ó

She smiled as she always did, her eyes reflecting part sadness, part brave tenderness in not letting it fully show.

The farewell choked him, as always, the words refusing to stay down.

ÒIÕd like to tell you when I can see you again, butÉÓ

ÒYou know IÕm always happy to see you, dear.Ó the mother replied.

ÒItÕs just thatÉIÕm worried if I give you a specific time, youÉyou might not be there.Ó

ÒIÕll always be here for you, son.Ó came the reply, full of sunshine and confidence that only a mother possesses.

ÒI know, Mom. I know.Ó His tone was hard and bitter, as an unappreciated soldier or a child who grew up too soon. He knew what was coming next.

It was 2075. His mother would have been 112 years old. Thirty-seven years ago, her personality, manner, thoughts, and facial expressions had been scanned into a personality media file.

But it was outdated software running on even older hardware. None of it was compatible with the breakthrough of reliable permanence that occurred just three years after his mother passed away.

And so the motherÕs image on the screen flickered, as the corrupted and disintegrating portion of the motherÕs profile was reached.

ÒCome give mummy a-hug, a-hug, a-hugÉÓ

He hit ESCAPE, but there was none from the heartbreak.

Still, he wrapped his arms around the tablet, longing for the softness and warmth of flesh that the plastic and metal frame refused to give.

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