She stroked her arms with coconut-smelling oil before adjusting the huge sunglasses beneath her too long bangs. She lay back with her arms akimbo.
“How is she today?”
“This morning, we’re in the Mediterranean. She had me ‘slice mangoes and make mimosas’.”
Marshall lifted the container of orange juice to smell it and nearly got the straw in his nose. He pressed the button on the morphine dispenser and watched Claudette’s eyes close behind her shades. He raked the half-eaten dry toast into the juice.
“She is obsessed with the idea of a cruise, Dr. LeLaine. She spoke on the call button to her sister about coming for shuffleboard later.”
“Ms. Caine, her sister has been dead for almost two decades. Perhaps later this afternoon, they will be able to play shuffleboard. In the meantime, keep the morphine constant. Her final vacation shouldn’t be disturbed by her octogenarian, paraplegic reality.”
The limit for December is 150 words. This flash, featuring the word obsessed, comes in on the money. How obsessed can you get in 150 words?
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Are you obsessed with a dream? Where is your dream vacation to get away from the strife of everyday life?
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