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We imagine ourselves as being old and sitting on porches in rocking chairs sipping home made lemonade. But how many of us will make it that far? Do we have ten years left? Even five?

Picture a world without your children, without your partner. Imagine seeing them leave the house for school or for work one morning but that by seven, eight, nine o’clock they haven’t returned.

They’re dead you see.

They’ve been killed in a tragic accident.

It might make the local paper next week.

If it was a really bad accident, it might appear on the regional news.

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    Drew Martyn about 3 years ago

    Well, that was a stark reminder of our fragile mortality wasn't it?
    I love the implication of the ending and the juxtaposition of personal tragedy with the tragedy's place in the rest of the world, which just carries on (almost) regardless.
    Extremely well constructed, hard-hitting and potent, the more I read it, the better it gets.

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    Thank you very much for reading, voting and commenting, Drew. I'm pleased that the drabble achieved what I set out for it to do. Life is ridiculously fragile and we often lose sight of that until something tragic happens. And even then, there's something terribly sad about how quickly the tragic vanishes into the past. I guess it is for the best that we don't dwell on certain things for longer than necessary.

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    Richard Charles Davidson about 3 years ago

    I am always shocked with how quickly everyone moves on from tragedy.
    On a side note, this is an extremely ordinary drabble from you, HS. Just kidding.
    Another fine drabble, HS.

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    Thank you, Richard. I'm always grateful for your feedback, sir. :-)

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    Rodindeadpan about 3 years ago

    This one got to me. With a newborn, I think about this stuff rather frequently now when I never did before. This is the scariest drabble you've ever written.

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    Michael D. Brooks about 3 years ago

    I often think about how fickle life is and how it seems to go on with or without us. It's sobering to know others feel the same way. Thoughtful drabble.

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    Elizabeth O. Smith about 3 years ago

    Very thought provoking and... sad, even? I don't think I could make it through each day, counting down to my own demise seeing as it's unknown to me. Great job!

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    Many thanks Rodindeadpan, Michael and Elizabeth for your comments. I'd definitely agree that this is the scariest drabble I've written. I'm delighted that it has resonated with the drablr.com community.

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    There's always another glass of lemonade.

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    Rose Markle about 3 years ago

    As always, another great drabble! :) This is a topic that's often on my mind and I love seeing how other people view these things.

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    I appreciate the kind words, Rose! Thanks for taking the time to comment. :-)

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    Thank you to all who read and voted for, "Which of us are going to make it?" to make it Drabble of the Week #39!

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    Sadly very true indeed. Thank you so much for leaving a comment, nekokirin.

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