Prompt for January 3, 2016

OK, a year has gone by and there have been 365 openings. Time to change things up just a little bit. Instead of just an opening paragraph there may be more than just one paragraph. A couple of paragraphs. I’m still going to try to keep it short, however.

Complete the short story/flash fiction, that has the following opening:

Gerald Stubbins was tired, stupidly tired. His shift in the OR had started at 6:00 AM and he was only now driving home at 11:00 PM. Nothing had gone wrong during the various surgeries, but the last one, a bypass, had not only started late but had taken longer than expected. He could have delayed the surgery but tomorrow’s schedule was just as hectic and the patient had already been waiting long enough.

He rubbed his eyes as he approached his neighbourhood, wondering if Terri had picked up the kids from the movie that they had gone to see. Another year another Star Wars movie. Disney was sure milking that cash cow. He chuckled as he imagined his twins jumping in the back of her BMW and jabbering away about the latest changes to the Star Wars canon and why that was a good or bad thing.

He turned the corner to head into his subdivision and saw the bright flashing lights reflecting off the houses before they were visible, slowly coming into view from the gently curving road. He automatically slowed down to a crawl and moved to the far side of the road, wanting to give the emergency workers the room and the safety required to do their job. A quick glance showed that a large SUV appeared to have hit a new BMW in the side, crushing the car and pushing it into a light standard on the side of the street, effectively cutting the car in two.

As he passed he looked in his rearview mirror and saw the rear end of the BMW looking relatively unscathed with the obligatory family decals in the corner of the back window and a “My Dad’s a surgeon” bumper sticker. His foot slammed down on the brake pedal and his arms, moments ago limp with fatigue, were now stiff with shock. That was Terri’s car.

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