Papa, Please Call (A Short Fiction)
Rebekah’s Dad calls every day at 3:30pm. “I’m checking on my sunshine” He’d say. Today, Rebekah was busy working with clients and did not answer the phone. Rebekah would never hear the sound of her Dad’s voice again.
Tormented by her guilt, Rebekah visits her Dad’s grave daily seeking some sign of forgiveness. She even brings his favorite flowers making sure that they are arranged perfectly. Despite her constant apologies to her Dad, the forgiveness she seeks from him is not forthcoming.
Back at home, Rebekah continues to ignore her husband and her children, preferring instead the solace of her garage office.
Bryan, Rebekah’s husband knows she needs professional help to deal with the guilt of her father’s untimely death. Bryan takes bereavement leave to be closer to home and to help with the children. However, Rebekah’s incessant refusal to seek counseling drives a mountain between her and Bryan.
Rebekah was raised in a family who always dealt with problems by themselves. Seeing a therapist or counselors was unheard of.
In this short story, will Rebekah finally get the help she needs or risk losing Bryan and their children forever?
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