Breathing Lessons

This is my response to the Friday Fictioneers prompt for April 17. The challenge is to write a 100-word story inspired by the photo prompt. Play along by writing your own, reading others and/or commenting on the flashes we fictioneers create. The photo prompt this week comes from Roger Bulltot.

Copyright Roger Bulltot

Copyright Roger Bulltot

Breathing Lessons

“So, who tried to kill whom?” The young ER doctor grinned at Gail. Even though she knew he was joking, she couldn’t swallow the sobs that rose in her throat.

“Hey, it’s going to be okay.” The doctor took a step toward the hospital bed. “Greg’s your husband, right? He’s in the next room, told us you aren’t a fan of hospitals.”

Gail inhaled through the oxygen mask. “I suppose no one really loves an ER visit.”

“It’s a good thing your chimney caught fire and the neighbors noticed. Otherwise, carbon monoxide poisoning would have made this a morgue visit.”