18+ White walls, sweet antiseptic, tubes and wires, electronic beeps and the laboured, wheezing breath of my shrunken father.
We need to talk, soon. Not about the future or present; now we've only got the past.
But my phone distracts me. I wish we had more time and words!
© 2017 Robert Fairhead
Sydney, NSW, Australia.
A middle-aged dad and dog owner, Robert is an editor and a writer for Tall And True and blogs at RobertFairhead.com. Robert enjoys reading and writing (fiction, nonfiction and reviews), playing the guitar (though seldom finds the time to practise), and riding his bike and swimming laps (when he can!). Robert has had a varied career, as an electrician, sales and marketing rep, computer programmer, volunteer dog trainer and wanna-be writer. He has also had a one-night stand as a stand-up comic!
I wrote this microfiction for a competition run by Meanjin Quarterly to celebrate the introduction of 280-character Twitter. The "@Meanjin Twiction" rules were simple, tweet a 280-character story and include the hashtag
#meanjin280! The top 10 stories were to be published on the Meanjin Blog (at the time of sharing this on Tall And True, I don't know if mine was one of the 10!).