Keeping Up Appearances

19 Jun

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The thing about this job is it gives you too much time to think and Tobias has a lot to think about.

The doctor’s words looped through his mind for the hundredth time. Degenerative, incurable, quality of life.. He had left the office in a daze and sat in his car for a long time before going home.

It has been over a week and he has told no one. For now, it is his secret.

He must keep working for as long as he is physically able. He surreptitiously looks down at his hands and worries that the tremors will give him away.




19 Responses to “Keeping Up Appearances”

  1. Sandra June 19, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    That’s a sad take on the prompt. Well done.

  2. Hannah June 19, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Gripping story! I like it.

  3. misskzebra June 19, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    If I was in a similar situation I can’t say that’s how I’d spend my time.

  4. sustainabilitea June 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    How sad that he can’t even quit and enjoy the time he has left! I can’t imagine standing there for all that time and thinking about something like this.


  5. Linda Vernon June 19, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    Oh! So sad! Poor Tobias! Maybe they’ll find a cure . . .

    • high five and raspberries June 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

      I was thinking of my Mom when I wrote this. Unfortunatley not all stories have happy endings. I like your optimism though !

  6. wmqcolby June 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    Whew! That took it out of me. Tee-rific!

  7. Penny L Howe June 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    This is really good. Excellent take on the prompt, but your words … wonderful! 🙂

  8. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) June 19, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    How terrible to be in the situation of Tobias.. and standing there just thinking.

  9. rochellewisoff June 19, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    Dear Patricia,

    Beautifully written gut wrencher.



  10. lingeringvisions June 19, 2013 at 7:09 pm #


    • lingeringvisions June 20, 2013 at 12:30 am #

      Ok….I have a friend, a good friend, with Parkinson’s. It’s hard.

  11. David Stewart June 20, 2013 at 12:20 am #

    That would be devastating, especially in a job like that. And especially with so much time to think about it.

  12. nightlake June 20, 2013 at 7:03 am #

    sad for Tobias. Had be been in any other job, at least he could take his mind off his illness.

  13. JKBradley June 20, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    I wonder why he must continue to work. Does he need money for therapy? For children or a faithful wife? Or to keep his mind off things?

  14. Helena Hann-Basquiat June 20, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Well written, darling, and an interesting take on the prompt — I can only imagine trying to stop trembling while trying to stand at attention.

  15. Shreyank June 22, 2013 at 2:41 am #

    tragic story well written

  16. Dee June 23, 2013 at 5:13 am #

    Great take on the prompt, so sad, so well written.

  17. anelephantcant June 23, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Pretty neat little tale.
    Well done.

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