Tragedy of Love
First love, puppy love, nonsense they say. Though Audrey remembers the lasting impact.
Many years later, many loves and a new life created.
Giving birth to Lilly resulted in an emotion too large for the simple reduction of four letters. Audrey passed along her knowledge of firsts, counting by twos and tying shoes. When Lilly was little it was easy to kiss away hurt. Then Lilly fell in love. Heartbreak followed.
Another first for both: the end. End of life for one, and the end of living for the other.
“Audrey, how has the suicide…?”
Plump tears hit the podium. She’ll never forget the day Lilly was buried or born.
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3rd Place Winning Entry
Here is what the Judge had to say:
Tragedy of Love by Grace Black
What a lovely yet sad little story. Audrey recounts her first love and how she got over it and got on with her life. Then the greatest thing that can happen to someone; a child. Indeed, “an emotion too large for the simple reduction of four letters.” Beautiful. You get a glimpse of the mother-daughter relationship – “counting by twos and tying shoes”. Then the heartbreak. Lilly couldn’t cope with the loss of her first love and takes her own life, “the end of life for one, and the end of living for the other”. It finishes with a haunting last line, “she’ll never forget the day Lilly was buried or born”. Outstanding.