Perfect Vision by Catherine Russell

Bernice thought she looked like a damn owl. Her pupils seemed like walnuts behind the large oval lenses. However, on her meager retirement, they were the only new glasses she could afford. Swallowing her pride, she walked out the door for the first time and headed to the bank.

At the crosswalk, Bernice tapped her foot until the light changed and the stick figure indicated her right of way. With her head down, she crossed with the crowd, embarrassed by the gaudy plastic frames.

The gunk on the street didn’t attract her attention too much until she noticed a glowing trail leading into the bank. A tall, handsome man stood behind the help counter.

Following the path of light, she found herself staring into his impossible golden eyes. He beamed at her. “Hello, Bernice,” he said, offering his hand.

“I’ve been waiting for you.”

She examined her glasses.

The pealing sound of his laughter filled the room as he took the lenses from her. “You don’t need these anymore,” he said. “You have perfect vision now.” Then he took her hand, spread his wings, and flew with her into the golden sunset of her life.

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5 responses to “Perfect Vision by Catherine Russell

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  2. Deb

    Wow. That’s really strange. You’re good at those surprise endings.

  3. Ah, if only I could chuck off my contacts like that… wait, I want to stay in this world a little bit longer. Unique story, and great response to the theme. Peace…

  4. Whimsical and lovely story. Why can’t real life be this good? I got into Bernice right away, you made her alive in such a small space

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