Love and Memory (Flash Fiction)

She sat on her father’s lap, head against his chest so she could listen to the steady thump, thump, thump of his heart. His heat enveloping her. His scent, of deodorant and some undefinable thing which was him, filled her nose and calmed the emotions which threatened to overwhelm her once again. In her hands she held a green shirt, not THAT shirt but close enough. Not the one she begged her mother to wear. The one she agreed to even though it didn’t match her outfit. The one which made her late. The one she was wearing when…

A tear rolled down her cheek as her breath caught in her throat.

Without a word he hugged her close.

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