The Handsome Stranger 5

1 – Fluid

2 – Melody

3 – Trap

4 – Flood

5 – Coma

Jerry stood next to the hospital bed and leaned over to give his wife a kiss. She had been in a coma for almost two weeks now following a stroke. Jerry was there by her side from the start of visiting hours until they told him to go home at night.

“I’m going to slip out and get the evening paper Louise. Don’t you miss me too much while I am gone.“ Jerry spoke to his wife all day, believing it would be the way to bring her back. He walked down the hall to the elevators and went to the gift shop in the front of the hospital.

“Has the evening paper arrived yet? he asked the clerk behind the counter. The clerk absently gestured to the newspaper rack and mumbled, “Yeah.”

Jerry returned to Louise’s side and began to read the paper to her, occasionally pausing to hopefully hear a return comment. “Here’s an article from that hunky Jack Watson you like so much. Seems he got a letter from that deranged killer who is still on the loose. I bet you would be furious over the second body that was found by a little kid. Oh wow. It says here that the killer was abandoned by his mom at the age of 5. I don’t understand how someone can be hurt by something like that and turn into a killer… there are so many children of divorce who are perfectly normal. As you would say dear, he is just a little touched.”

Turning the paper to the back page there was a composite drawing of the suspected killer taken from what little they had gotten from surveillance cameras and some witnesses. “You know Louise; these drawings always look like someone you know. I would almost swear this is the guy who used to rent the duplex across the street. He was kind of an odd duck.”

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – coma

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