Two Hearts

A pro­posal is on the cards in Suzanne Ross Jones’s thought­ful com­plete story.

The People's Friend Special - - UPLIFTING STORY -

hurtling off the road and to­wards a tree.

His last thought be­fore im­pact was that black ice was a devil . . .

HER ex-hus­band, Dr Brian Porter, had lit­tle ef­fect on Rachel th­ese days. She was only wor­ried about Jack. “How is he?” she asked Brian tear­fully. “He’s had a bit of a knock to the head, I’m afraid.” She took a deep breath. “Is he go­ing to die?” Brian was silent for a mo­ment; the long­est min­utes of Rachel’s life.

“We an­tic­i­pate he’ll make a full re­cov­ery, though he’ll no doubt have a headache when he wakes up.”

She smiled, grate­ful for what Brian had done for Jack. “Thank you,” she said. But Brian was no longer lis­ten­ing. A pretty nurse was walk­ing past and his at­ten­tion was di­verted.

****

Rachel sat in a chair be­side Jack’s bed, wait­ing for him to wake up.

She couldn’t imag­ine life with­out him. That was what it boiled down to. Life with­out Brian had been bet­ter – their mar­riage had been bad for both of them. But life with­out Jack? That was a hor­ror she re­fused to con­tem­plate.

“Hey, why the tears? What’s wrong?” a voice whis­pered.

She squeezed his hand. Even as he was ly­ing in a hos­pi­tal bed his thoughts were for her – wor­ry­ing if she was OK.

Jack reached out and wiped the tears from her face and she smiled.

“I was won­der­ing, Jack Matthews.” She took a breath. “If you’d marry me, please?”

Be­cause, when you loved some­one, stand­ing up be­fore fam­ily and friends and declar­ing your feel­ings was the only sen­si­ble thing to do.

The End.

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