Rare Orchid

Avatar Author: Bob Liddil I am an author of science fiction, general fiction short stories, poetry, and non-fiction. I have been published in several genres, including fantasy and poetry, as well as non fiction. At one time I published my own c... Read Bio

When I can trust myself to think about her, Katherine drifts into my mind. Fair of skin, with honey blonde hair, deep blue eyes and a voice that could melt away the cares of a madman, she was the one true love of my life. She was a rare orchid, too beautiful, too exotic, a hothouse flower never meant for the outside world.

What she saw in me, I don’t know. Her laughter rang like a crystal bell when I told her the best of my jokes. She was a study in empathy when I showed her my scars. She told me she loved me for myself, my inner person, not just the mangled husk the army sent home from Da Nang after Tet. Softly, gently, she bathed my wounds in her love, setting me adrift on a sea of conflict that slowly shredded what humanity I had left.

Many times I have been asked why did I kill her. One hundred stab wounds, a detective told me; that had to come from the deepest hate a man with no soul could muster. He was wrong. I loved her. I adored her.

She was my rare orchid and I saved her from a slower death.

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  1. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Wow, brutal and touching…then violently touching in a bad way. Totally did not see that coming at all. Very well done.

  2. Avatar Kihd

    Yikes, it’s amazing what you will do to someone to save them from what could happen…I guess not a huge sacrifice on your part, but it seems like you would have to feel the deepest love for someody to do that. Thanks for entering!

  3. Avatar Elizabeth Gallenberg

    Well done, especially the ending.

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