Fiction Challenge – Doubble
“What are all those bangs and lights?” she asked.
“It’s your birthday, Sadie, you’re 100 years old today. See, the Queen has sent you a birthday message.”
The Nursing Home staff were used to old people with Alzheimer’s, and Sadie was a special case; celebrating her century on 5th of November.
Jean smiled at Lisa. “Let the old duck think it’s all for her. There’s not much excitement in her life these days.”
“There were bangs and lights when I was younger,” said Sadie with a sudden burst of lucidity. “There was a war on then. Is there a war now?”
“No, dear, there isn’t.”
“In the war you saw all the men in uniform; you’ve never seen so many handsome men in your life. Then they went and died, all the young men, although some did come home. Many girls were left behind. Some married Americans, but I stayed at home and never had a man or children. We were a lost generation, really.”
There was a sudden, very loud bang, and a greenish light showed through the drawn curtains. The women were startled, then looked at Sadie. She was clutching her message from the Queen, and had quietly died.