99 word prompt : screaming heart


July 16, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that expresses the phrase, “scream inside your heart.” Who is involved and why is the scream contained? Go where the prompt leads!

If you want to participate, here’s the link:  CARROT RANCH


“You killed him,” my mother-in-law said. “I told him not to eat what you cooked.”

Thankfully, my children were visiting friends while I looked out a window at the Wisconsin snow flurries.  “His doctor advised him to quit smoking, warned him of diabetic retinopathy and kidney failure…”

“He’ll be buried in New York with a six foot tombstone!”

I screamed inside my heart for his loss, and now understood why he never wanted me to meet his mother. I left the kitchen table to make the arrangements my husband wanted; a simple tombstone in the cemetery he had chosen.