Prompt for February 6, 2016

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

The door closed behind her lawyer as he left Anna alone in his office with the box. The box that symbolized everything about her marriage. Joshua Garner had passed away at the age of thirty due to a congenital heart defect. One minute he was swimming with Rachel, their daughter, in the surf off Waikiki and the next minute he was gone. The lifeguards found his body quickly, but there was nothing they could do as the wall of his aorta had given way and he was dead before they found him.

They had been together since college and were married within months of graduating, both of them starting their careers in IT consulting. When she got pregnant with Rachel they had decided to form their own IT company and have Anna work from home, looking after Rachel, while Joshua was the face to the client. Their company was a success and within two short years they had almost two dozen employees working for them. The trip to Hawaii was their first real vacation since they graduated and it would be their last.

When Alphonso Rivera, their lawyer for the past five years, had asked her to come into the office for a confidential matter she had assumed it was to finish the work on transferring his assets to her. But when he had told her that Joshua had left a box for her and that he didn’t even know the contents she had been very confused. They had never had secrets between them so this seemed so out of character for Joshua.

She stood up to look at the box from above. It was a simple box, one that you would find in thousands of locations across the country. Completely non-descript. And that was so not like Joshua who liked to stand out in the crowd. With her hands shaking she opened up the box and immediately gasped. Her legs giving way as she collapsed into the chair, tears flowing from her already red eyes.

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