This week’s words: Bird Cassette Trail Bohemian Warrant Nascence (adj.)) Beginning to exist, develop.) Chide Illusory Everywhere Topple Clinch Insouciant (free from worry, concern, anxiety)
When Harriet Bird woke and looked around, she found she was in the hospital. Still hooked up to various devices designed to keep her alive.
Beside her were her parents, her mother holding her hand.
In the corner, the cassette with her favourite Jason Bieber album continued to play his tortured melodies.
Her mother looked at her daughter not quite believing she was still alive.
It had been a nascent moment when the mother the day before had signed the warrant to allow Harriet’s life support to be turned off. That particular moment marked the minute when the trail they had followed all these months of seeking a cure at every turn had turned out to be nought.
The insouciance of the moment believing they would, at last, be free from the worry of their daughter’s medical condition, the pain she suffered would at last end for both them and Harriet.
The father had long chided both his wife and Harriet over taking so long to make a decision. Mother and daughter had been so very bohemian in so many ways. They both had been artists of some renown and so were not at the whim of societies norms.
Both held out hope of a cure.
Everywhere they looked they had run into a dead end.
But as Harriet did, in fact, slip away from the reality of life she discovered the next world was not yet ready for her. There was much debate and discussion around her death. One voice she recalled said it was all illusionary and she was not of the sort they required then and there. Expectation they said would result in her toppling unceremoniously and that would never do.
Finally, a deal was clinched, and Harriet was returned to live a little longer.
In her hospital bed, she looked from one parent to the other. “They weren’t ready for me,” she explained, “they said to go back, they’d be in touch another time.”
This announcement did little for the parent’s sense of insouciance as they both believed death was final and you didn’t get a rain check.
As they all sat around wondering what to make of this in the corner Justin Bieber’s childlike voice could be heard singing “Love Yourself’.