so I started my creative writing course last week. This is my first short story.
the brief we had was a man tells his wife he is leaving because he has a terminal illness, and it’s there 35th wedding anniversary.
My daughter thinks I’ve watched to much Mindhunter.
if you like it, give me some feedback, if you hate it give me some feedback, all feedback is appreciated
Goodnight Sweetheart by Gary Oldmeadow
In a week’s time, John and his childhood sweetheart Stella, should be celebrating 35 happy years of marriage.
Now John was a guy who’d do anything for anybody, he was seen as a fair, honest guy who loved his wife, and his job. He worked as a scene of crime officer for the Metropolitan Police, and was considered to be one of the best in his field
Stella, John’s wife was a beautiful woman and well liked. She loved working as a volunteer at the local ‘Cancer Research Charity Shop’, at weekends she would help out by volunteering as a befriender at the local Hospital in the mornings. She was definitely what you would call a people person.
Tonight, John had finished work late at the crime lab, which in itself wasn’t that unusual, as there was a big case on at the moment. The person they were after was a serial killer who removed the liver from each of the victims, the police think the killer is eating the livers none were found. He took the tube home as usual, as his house was only a short walk from the station. With all that was going on at work, his health issues, and his anniversary just around the corner, it meant he had a lot on his mind, and, he knew he would be delivering some devastating news to Stella, which would destroy her world.
Two weeks previous to tonight, John had gone to get the results for his yearly police medical. He knew the doctor he was seeing, a Dr Jim Steven’s, Jim was a good guy, always had a smile on his face, but told it to you straight.
So today as John walked into the examination room, he knew something was up. Jim, was sitting behind his desk, and he nurse standing beside Jim was desperately trying to avoid making eye contact with John
‘Hi John, take a seat’.
John sat down; a feeling of dread washed over him.
Jim was silent for what seemed like an eternity.
‘I’m sorry John, it’s not the news you were hoping for, the MRI you had last week, has shown you have a large mass in your brain, a tumour’.
‘Cancer, you mean I have cancer don’t you Jim. Can anything be done? How long do I have?’
John sat in silence, he seemed to be looking right through Jim.
Jim turned to the nurse and told her to go and get John a glass of water from the kitchen, she left feeling relieved at being able to get away, she hated these moments.
‘Yes, it’s cancer’ was Jim’s reply ‘and due to where it’s positioned, it’s inoperable’, Jim paused for a moment. ‘It’s terminal John, the scans show you have week’s rather than months left, go home and talk to Stella, you have a lot to discuss, I’ll wait for you to get your affairs in place before I contact your inspector’.
Without another word John got up and left . He didn’t go straight home though, instead he walked around the streets for hours. The following day John went into work, to but told nobody about the tumour…
The noises and smell’s of the city that night brought John back from his thoughts of the last two weeks, he was sitting in the bus shelter opposite his house.
After sitting for a while, he crossed the street to his house. He was about to put the key in the door, when it opened and there holding the rubbish bag was his beautiful Stella.
‘Hello love’. He said, ‘let me take that for you’.
Stella kissed him and gave him the bag.
‘I’ll make you a cuppa and warm your dinner in the microwave’. She turned and went back into the kitchen.
John put the rubbish in the bin, paused for a moment, then he pulled himself together then went indoors, in the kitchen Stella stood with her back to him, she was humming a tune whilst finishing making his cuppa.
‘So how was your day? It was so good at the charity shop this afternoon, I do so love volunteering there, you get to meet so many interesting people, there I go again chattering on, anyway as I was asking, how was your day?’.
Listening to Stella talking made him feel more relaxed, it always did. He loved the sound of her voice
‘Work was ok’. He said ‘I’ll really miss it though; you see I’m leaving’
‘What do you mean you’re leaving John? why?’
Stella looked worried; how can this be happening? She thought.
John looked deep into the eyes of the woman he loved, he had just sent her world crashing around her, he pulled her into his arms and kissed her forehead. He could feel her hot tears on his chest, as he held her tight and whispered that everything would be alright.
‘It’s over Stella, everything is over. you see two weeks ago I was told I had a brain tumour that’s killing me, I know I should have told you then, but I couldn’t, there were too many loose ends at work that needed fixing, and they’ll know what’s happened by morning, just believe me when I say that none of what’s happened is your fault’.
‘It all started because of feelings I had for other women, though I only ever loved you, I couldn’t bring myself to cheat on you, so I had to remove temptation, I killed them, and ate there livers, they’re what caused the cancer. Stella I’m the serial killer the police are looking for, my job has made it easy for me to cover my tracks, but now it’s all over and it’s time to say goodbye my darling’
John lowered Stella’s limp body to the floor her blood pooling from the knife he had pushed into her heart.
‘I’m sorry sweetheart, forgive me, I couldn’t face leaving this world without you, we’ll be together soon’.