The Last Message

Avatar Author: Radical Yellow Duck Ok, I'm back. One heart attack, a triple CABG (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, pronounced cabbage) and two sessions of beating my computer into submission. I am back. I'm old. Real old. I'm so old I remember when dial... Read Bio

It was months after opening that last drawer that I realized that there was one other place I might find another message from Janice. It took me weeks of research and visiting several parishes in and around the city before I found it.

The stone was gray and in the Simpson family plot.

In loving memory of

Janice Simpson nee’ Willow
Born July 20th, 1870
Died September 11, 1919
of Influenza

Loving Wife and Mother

James, I never forgot

View this story's details


Oh no! This story doesn't have a sequel. Want to fill in the blanks and write one?

Comments (5 so far!)

Average Reader Rating

  1. Avatar Abstract

    Your ability to write works of fiction, however long or short, in series or standalone, that are well-written, engaging, and infused with subtlety and recurrent thematic elements is truly amazing, Radical.

    That last lineā€¦

  2. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Cute story, and really surprised me as it’s not your usual genre. Lovely and sweet. Made me think of the Dr. Who episode about the Girl in the Fireplace.

  3. Avatar GreatNorthWoodsGirl

    Just beautiful Ducky. My heart just pictured Janice on her wedding day, wishing it was James standing beside her instead of Mr. Simpson.

  4. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    transcendent love.. a whole new meaning..even to the phrase age doesn’t matter..

  5. Avatar Radical Yellow Duck

    The basis of this story line comes from a story I read about thirty five or so years ago in junior high school. I don’t remember the author or the name of the story. But I hope that I have captured the flavor fo that story, and passed on the thoughts that the story has been with me for many years.

    Is it plagurism to borrow the idea but not the words?

Inspired by

That last drawer was the final chance. The last message from the past reaching out to me. Did the impossible happen again? Would she have rec...

The Last Drawer by Radical Yellow Duck