Have a heart

185 heart 730418“Have a heart, mate.”

The ‘Big Issue’ seller’s words stung Richard’s ears. He touched the front of his T-shirt, pressed down and felt the scar. It had been three years since the operation but the repercussions had been life-changing. He could feel the heart beating inside him, faster as his mind went back; the look on his wife’s face as he’d slumped to the floor, the trolley racing along the hospital’s corridors, the bright florescent lights hitting him as the medics had slammed the gurney against metal doors. He knew they’d had a race against time but every jolt had sent spears of pain down his left-hand side. His legs had started to go numb and he’d been sure he was losing feeling in his hands.

He bought the magazine, walked to the empty shop next door then closed his eyes and tried to concentrate, pick the moment just last week when his wife had decided that life without him was better than with him.

Her telling him had been as much of a shock as the heart attack. She was crying but it was still her decision, her choice to leave. Once the words had been spoken, he’d seen her shoulders lift as if she’d been Atlas, carrying the weight of the world. Her eyes had regained some of the sparkle he’d not noticed had gone. He’d just nodded and watched her leave.

She’d said there was no-one else but he knew. Knew there were three in their relationship: him, her and the woman whose heart beat inside him.


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