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“A pilot, a doctor, a teacher and a tennis player

A professor, a scientist, an astronaut and a concert pianist

I can be all of these tomorrow, can I not?”

He looked eagerly at her face, waiting for the  reply.

Fighting back tears, Maya adjusted his oxygen tube delicately, carefully.

“Absolutely, my love. Now rest.”

This is written in response to the theme prompt ‘Dreams’ 
for the week of 55-word posts over at 
Marathon Bloggers 



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Categories: Fiction

Pallavi Purani · January 24, 2014 at 5:04 am

Beautifully written 🙂

Shailaja V · January 24, 2014 at 7:14 am

Thank you Pallavi 🙂

tulika singh · January 24, 2014 at 7:49 am

Lovely Shailaja.. love the diversity of your 55ers.

Shailaja V · January 24, 2014 at 8:26 am

You're a dear:) And special thanks to you for introducing me to the format! I see a hitherto unexplored side to my writing 🙂

Aparna · January 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Super 🙂

Shailaja V · January 24, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Thank you 🙂

monikamanchanda · January 24, 2014 at 5:36 pm

awwww the aspirations of your kids always make the heart melt away


Shailaja V · January 24, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Yes they do Mon 🙂 Hugs back 🙂

Mama - Mia · January 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm

beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time!

Shailaja V · January 24, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Thanks Abha…was going for that 🙂

Priya Mani · January 25, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Very very touching.

You really are so good at this format.

Shailaja V · January 25, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Thanks Priya! So should I write a flash fiction collection? 🙂

Priya Mani · January 28, 2014 at 7:38 am

No, akka. Your lovely, personal posts for me on any day. The longer, the better!

Such joy to read them 🙂

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