Unforeseen…Friday Fictioneers -15th June, 2022.

“Everything was meant to be okay. Not this.”

Despite her family history, Ebony had faith in early detection, and regular mammograms. Then, came the diagnosis .

“I’m going to beat this!” She wrote in her journal every day. However, grit and determination were no match for bad luck. The cancer had spread. She was only 28.

Arriving home, she found roses and a “Get Well” balloon from Mike on the doorstep. She’d told him it was long covid.

Ebony had no idea when the knife came from. However, the balloon was found later with forty stab wounds and was unresponsive.


100 words PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Last year, two close friends of mine died of breast cancer, while my sister-in-law was fighting a rather gruelling battle with it and facing obscure complication after obscure complication and a run of very bad luck. One of those friends never told me she was sick and I found out after she’d died. The other was seemingly cancer free and after a gruelling eight year battle, the cancer came back with a vengeance and she was gone in a week. It was like one of these fierce Australian bush fires, and it consumed her. They both had teenage children, and the loss was obviously focused on them. However, grief rippled out. They were much loved, and it’s still so hard to believe they’re no here.

I hope you’ve had a great week!

This has been another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wishoff-Fields at https://rochellewisoff.com/ We’d love you to join us!

Best wishes,


26 thoughts on “Unforeseen…Friday Fictioneers -15th June, 2022.

  1. pennygadd51

    What a cruel illness cancer is. Ebony’s destruction of the balloon is completely understandable.
    I was sorry to hear about your friends dying, Rowena.

  2. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Penny. The loss of my friends doesn’t seem real. I’ve seen a few lookalikes for one of them when I’ve been out for coffee with a mutual friend, but she’s probably just on my mind then.
    I don’t think our culture is very good at handling death, and we end up fumbling around afterwards not quite knowing what to do.

  3. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Iain. Much appreciated. We need to make the most of every day and treasure around us and not put catching up off, which I am guilty of myself and covid hasn’t helped.

  4. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Bill. I wrote a happier story today for a 250 word competition. It eeded to be based on a photo and everything send in hard copy. The piece had to be based on a photo, and I had to send that along too, but they’re out in country NSW and it was rather quaint. I only heard about it last night and the deadline was today and I got it off, but my head is spinning.

  5. Rowena Post author

    Thanks so much, Monika. I agree and I’ll add auto-immune diseases as well, although I’m doing remarkably well.
    I listened to a free seminar about writing for children last night, and I was reminded of the Australian Fellowship of Writers which I’d always intended to join, but there were the kids, my health and then covid which we an blame for absolutely everything not quite going to plan for the next couple of years. Anyway, I checked them out and found a bunch of competitions and one as a 250 word piece which needed to be based on a photo. It was due today. I rang the number and it turned out that they wanted everything mailed hard copy to them. It’s going to be an exhibition and it’s out in Mudgee in country NSW. It felt a bit quaint, although it was hard work. It took me hours to get the words down, had m flu shot, photo printed in 8 x10 and phew back to the post office by closing. So, I’m now feeling pretty chuffed. I always think I’m going to win but don’t place, but we’ll see. I’ve become a born again dreamer after going to that motivational seminar last week. Meanwhile, I feel like going to sleep but we’re heading tonight.
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    Best wishes,

  6. Margaret

    I can understand that she needed to let out her anger and frustration somehow. Good that it was just a balloon. So sorry to hear about your friends. Cancer is a horrible thing. We’ve made progress, I know, but still, not everyone escapes.

  7. floweroutoflife

    A terrible subject sensitively handled with real empathy. Sometimes the only thing we can do is rage against the dying of the light. It sounds as if she owes Mike the truth.

  8. Rowena Post author

    Thank you very much. My health has been a concern for a long time so my empathy is understandable. By not being pen so far, she’s left herself in a difficult spot. It is hard to tell people you love that you’ve been battling a life-threatening illness and haven’t been open with them. For the dying person, if they put it off long enough, they’ll be spared disclosure and the consequences themselves but it’s so unfair on loved ones like Mike, who like me, are left to process not only their death but why they didn’t feel close enough to share.
    Best wishes,

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