“Moonlight for Two” was written for Microcosms Flash Fiction competition and won the runner-up spot! My prompts were: care assistant, rooftops, and romance.

Moonlight for Two

The high balcony looked out over the rooftops of the city. Sarah took in the sight of the sleeping city with its dark roofs and twinkling streetlights for the last time before looking up at the sky. The clouds that had promised rain during the afternoon were dispersing at last, leaving only gray tendrils to sweep across the moon. The silver light slowly lit the world of dark below and played upon the roofs so that they looked like the static, glimmering waves of a frozen sea. The silver moonlight shone on them.
“I’ve seen the moon,” Sarah said, looking up from the wheelchair at Arnold, her ever-present caretaker. “Smelled the rain, and shared it with you. That is all that I had wished for.”
Arnold glanced up at the silver orb before looking into Sarah’s eyes. He’d take those blue depths over the cold light of the moon any day. Every day. Forever. He fingered the morphine injection he held in one hand. Both knew that the dose it contained was lethal.
He stepped closer, first kissing Sarah on the top of her head before softly kissing her lips for the last time in the mortal world. She nodded and smiled and he administered the medication while tears dripped from his eyes.

When she had fallen into her final sleep, he took out the second injection he had not told her about. She would have stopped him, that much he knew. But even an hour without her? He stared out over the moonlit city for a moment before he readied his own injection.
A smile pulled at his mouth as he leaned back in the chair. This was all he had wanted. Falling into his everlasting sleep holding Sarah’s hand.
The moon shone silver on the lovers.

 

The judges’ commentary:

A wonderfully woven tale of Romeo and Juliet revisited. Melancholic. Captivating.