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The Rosary
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Sally by Sue (Sooz) Simpson - [2,268 words]
Rush Hour by Sue (Sooz) Simpson - [419 words]
Play With Me Please. by Sue (Sooz) Simpson - [322 words]
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My Other Mother by C Crawford Very short story on my thoughts of adoption. Written in 10 minutes. [619 words]
Money Shot - Chapter 1 by Rob Nhim Old con and bank robber extrordinaire Fred Cantrell just can't resist trouble. Doing th... [1,082 words]
Lookingthrough The Window by Sue (Sooz) Simpson - [401 words]
I Dreamed... by Ami I dreamed this bizarre, surreal scene, and when I woke up, I ran from my bed to write it down. I ... [1,886 words]
Hearts by David B Doc Byron - [264 words]
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Uncle Marty by David B Doc Byron An invalid Uncle pays another visit to his favorite nephew. [1,165 words]
The Long Ride Home by David B Doc Byron An alien from another world gets captured and examined. [574 words]
The Colonel by Dustin Rhodes The tale of a Confederate Officer at the battle of Fredricksburg. [2,729 words]
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TITLE (EDIT)
The Rosary
DESCRIPTION
May cause offense.
[422 words]
AUTHOR
Sue (Sooz) Simpson
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I'm thirty nine, recently single again. I have two boys Cli' (pronounced clee) Real name Christopher and Mark. I'm a care in the community nurse and formerly (when I was married) an occupational Therapist working with the mentally ill on a secure unit. I love reading and writing and meeting people. I hate offal, seafood and intolerance. I keep dog, cat, polecats, rats and reptiles. And for seven years ran the second largest reptile sanctuary in Britain. Apart from having my lads, I think that's probably the most worthwhile thing I've ever done. Writing wise, I've been the main fiction writer for Legends magazine for three years.And have two books published 'Lizard's Leap' published by Quillusers, and 'Better the Devil You Know' soon to be released by Bestbooks.Um I drive a knackered old Astra, and ride a two litre trike. I live in the lake district of England, and am happy. :-)
[January 2003]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
sooz.006@virgin.net
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Agony 2 (Short Stories) Morew from the irrepresible Aunt Nasty (May be deemed offensive). [1,077 words] [Comedy]
Angel Stew (Short Stories) The kitchens are in uproar. [826 words] [Comedy]
Anne (Short Stories) - [707 words]
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Attractions (Short Stories) People stared at the sisters and called them freaks. [678 words] [Drama]
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Barriers (Short Stories) Everybody's frightened of the prisoner in the cell at the end of the block. [2,913 words] [Thriller]
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Car Trouble (Short Stories) Boys will be boys. [496 words] [Comedy]
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Creeping Up From Behind. (Short Stories) You can't ever really know what someone else is thinking ... unless they choose to tell you. [925 words] [Drama]
Dark Solitude. (Short Stories) A woman alone on the moors when a storm threatens, but this is no ordinanry storm and that is no ordinary lady. [1,434 words] [Drama]
Dawn Rising (Short Stories) He looked at his own personal sunrise every morning, yet longed for the warmth of the sun. [1,069 words] [Drama]
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Deep Blue Eastern Light (Poetry) I've never been to Budapest, but I saw an image on a postcard, it was misty and had a sort of dreamy quality about it. I wondered about the spirit of Budapest. Hope I've done her justicce. [204 words]
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Galaxy (Poetry) Let Venus bear witness and Mars be our guide. [139 words]
Hickory, Dickory, Dock (Short Stories) - [991 words] [Drama]
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Jasmine And Gardenia Love (Poetry) - [417 words] [Erotic]
Jinny (Poetry) - [176 words]
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Long Walk Back To Jurassica (Poetry) Evolution and progress or three million steps backwards? [323 words] [Drama]
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The Rosary
Sue (Sooz) Simpson

I sat on the edge of your bed today and watched as you struggled for breath. With each
ragged inhalation your sternum became obscenely concave, sinking inwards so as to
almost embrace your spinal column. Your once warm face, with wicked grin and cheerful
glint to the eye, now lies slack on the pillow. Your pallor is putty grey and the light has
already left your eyes, going before you to, light your way beyond.

Wrapped twice around your wrist, and clutched within your hand is a set of Rosary
beads. They resemble a black ribbon snake though less palpable. They are made of
polished glass, granite hard and unyielding.

Why pray to a merciless and dispassionate God? Why pray to your God now when he
allows you to waste? Twenty-six years old, yet you could pass for sixty.

Take up your Rosary, and run the beads smoothly through your hands. Finger each one
with reverence, and let it be a marker of achievement and accomplishment. Instead of
praying to an unlikely virgin, who has, herself preyed upon peoples gullibility through the
ages, imagine each bead as a reference point in your life. The raising of your family. The
success of your career. The helping of a neighbour in need. The pinnacles of your life and
the small deeds and gestures, that have aided your fellow man. Mark every act of kindness
by passing a bead through your fingers. Praise every goal attained, every dream realised.
Each milestone remembered and acknowledged by a hard shiny bead.

How many of us, in our final hour would be confronted with a few measly beads on an
almost empty yard of string?

Your body is tired my sweet. It fails you. Your spirit clings defiantly to the ties that
bind. Yet your muscles waste and your flesh retreats, in beaten submission from the frame
which used to be the easel you were built on. You always were a stubborn bugger, last to
leave the party. The bars closed; look, shutters pulled down. Everybodyís gone home.
They are waiting for you, if youíd just look forward instead of trying to clutch whatís
behind.

Look at your Rosary love. Itís full. Thereís no room, on the string for anymore beads.

Itís time to leave. Go Joe. Let go.

Dawn showed her face through the gap in the curtains. Her thin strands of light chasing
the shadows from the hospital room. Joeís hand went slack on the rosary. They came for
him, and gently he drifted away.


 

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"Sooz ... how could anyone be offended? I found this immensely touching and meaningful ... excellent work" -- Judith.
"No offense taken here Sooz! Rock solid prose that leave your readers with a glimpse of reality and the infinite! Favorite line "Your spirit clings defiantly to the ties that bind."" -- Monte.
"Much more heartfelt than many "happy" stories I've read. I love the image of a full rosary being a spent life. Keep it up, your writing has a lot of soul to it. :)" -- Amee, UK.
"Thank-you Amee, greatly appreciated. I'll look for your stuff on the site and return the favour. Thank-you." -- Sooz, Dalton-in-furness, England, Cumbria.
"Was not offended-in fact, that's why I read it- I find that what some call offensive is really just a different angle on life, but is usually very interesting.Reading your story I felt an appreciation for life as it is to each individual. " -- Charity Smith, charlotte, N.C., USA.

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STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
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