Rachel Harrie is hosting the First Campaigner Challenge.
Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, "The door swung open." These four words will be included in the word count.
Here's my attempt:
The door swung open. Alice did not even hear it when it shut as she bowed down her head, staring at her jeans and her hands still clasped together in between her legs. She felt a hand on her shoulder. Startled, she looked up to see Adrian. His face was flustered and sweaty. He knew. He didn't have to say a thing. They just looked at each other.
She was the one who broke the silence. "He's gone," she whispered, tears streaming down her cheeks.
He nodded with eyes closed and sat next to her. Adrian could hold it no longer. He covered his face with his hands and sobbed. Alice wrapped an arm around him, leaned on his shoulder. And she wept, too.
The suffering was over. Their only child was finally at peace.