Final Farewell

For Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #114, where we write about this photo from the Google Photo Frame.

Enola’s father had been respected among his community. She saw how, as an elder, villagers had sought Denali’s counsel, had cherished his wisdom. But yesterday, Denali had finally breathed his last. Along with her mother, Halona, Enola had maintained a strict sentry duty these last three weeks, since Denali had collapsed. In turns, they had cooled his brow with water from the lake, and swathed him in berry poultices. But, to no avail. The pair had observed him steadily fade, and last night, he had finally succumbed.

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Corrected

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 12 April 2021, never.

There once was a man from Hong Kong
Who was certain he’d never been wrong,
But his nuptuals arrived,
And his new bride advised,
How mistaken he’d been all along.