The Shadow Of Your Smile


My dearest love

I stood on the platform waving to you until your train was a speck in the horizon. I was so sad at your leaving but proud of your decision. I was filled with hope too.

I have asked the doctor to give you this when you come back. Those long years of addiction have taken their toll on me. You would not go if you knew how far gone I was. But I wanted you to get a chance at rehab.

Stay sober and keep smiling. I go in peace, taking with me the shadow of your smile.

 Yours always.



Written in response to the 100 Words On Saturday prompt on Write Tribe.


100 Words on Saturday - Write Tribe





About CorinneRodrigues

A Mumbai-based blogger, writer, motivator - journeying happily through midlife. I blog here and on Write Tribe and From 7Eight. Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+


  1. The Shadow of A Smile..very oxymoron-ic no!

  2. Oh yes, indeed! 🙂

  3. Kalpana Solsi says:

    What a beautiful story. You have touched a very sensitive topic. Lots to learn from you.

  4. Aww! 🙁
    poignant! and so sad and kind of happy as well..

  5. Nice one there 🙂 seriously, lots to learn! 🙂

  6. I simply loved the plot you have chosen for this story, Corinne. Very creative and different!
    Very intense and touching!

  7. Great use of the prompt and word count. Sad, poignant but with a touch of hope there, too. Enjoyed it very much.

  8. What a beautiful story! your creativity is contagious and I am waiting to come up with something different for my next challenge.

  9. At least one of them is saved, thankfully or else it would have ended on a sad note!
    This story, it’s creative, unique and lovely. Truly… 🙂

  10. Very tenderly written. Letting go is a hard thing to do but sometimes necessary.

  11. A sensitive topic written so lightly!

  12. I remembered a movie when a man loves a woman ! anyway hitting rehabs is challenging
    good one

  13. I could visualize that. And my eyes filled up for no reason. What a pleasure it is to read everyone’s take on this particular prompt, isn’t it? 😀

  14. Loved that last line! Thanks for creating this event, I’ve been enjoying it.

  15. Addiction of any kind can be so destructive. Going to the rehab before its too late is the wisest decision. Loved the take on your prompt Corinne.

  16. Hi Corinne,
    It’s such simple yet heart-warming story. I could connect with the unique touch and beauty of the story.

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