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Attachments – Friday Fictioneers

While being a conjoined twin was always difficult, nothing prepared her for this. Born in a small village in Africa, her mother was too destitute to pay a hospital to separate them. It had taken ages for a charity to offer their services to the unfortunate teens.

For weeks they dared to dream of living a normal life. Yet, two days before the surgery, Bahati had awoken to a cold and lifeless sister. She was forced to endure being attached to a corpse. There would be no ‘normal’ for her after this. For the first time, she wept alone.

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This one hundred word drabble was created for the Friday Fictioneers photo prompt (as seen above). If you have it in you to write a 100 word fiction based on that lovely work of art then join us at the website above. Simply write your story and link up!

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74 thoughts on “Attachments – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Ugh, I cannot even imagine something like that. It would be truly horrible. You expressed it very well. I wonder if that would make the surgery harder or easier; much more urgent in any case.

  2. I’ve wondered when reading stories about co-joined twins what it must be like and can’t really imagine it. Having one half of you die would be even worse. You did an excellent job of this.

    janet

    • “I’ve wondered when reading stories about co-joined twins what it must be like and can’t really imagine it.” I can’t imagine it either. It muse be very taxing. I can’t fathom never having a single moment to oneself, ever. That sounds maddening.

    • “Great interpretation.” Thanks. I tend to see many things through the goggles of a horror writer so coming up outlandish stuff has gotten easier over the years. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read.

  3. So sad, but right on time. Perhaps her sister lived waiting for the required assistance to show up, enabling her to live on and carry the memory within her heart. Sister bond can not be broken even in death.

  4. A very very powerful story! Realistic, too – I’ve read a number of news stories about conjoined twins who had to be separated to give even one of them a chance to survive. (For that matter, this is what happened to Chang and Eng, the original “Siamese” twins.) And your last sentence is heartbreaking.

    • ” I’ve read a number of news stories about conjoined twins who had to be separated to give even one of them a chance to survive.” Yeah, I guess when there are two sets of different organs that are competing for the use of one heart or whatnot, it can cause that organ to shut down. Scary stuff. Thanks so much for taking the time to look over my blog and comment. Have a lovely day.

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