Unexpected News

Photo by Anne Higa

As Matt exited the subway, he heard someone calling him.  He stopped and turned around.  It was Dr. Alvarez’s receptionist, Anna.

“Hello, Matt” she said when she reached him. 

“Hello, Anna.”

“Do you usually take the subway?”

“No.  I had a dental appointment downtown and decided to take the train instead.  It’s less expensive and faster.  I’m parked over at the Mall.”

“How are you and Gina doing?”

“We’re managing.”

“I know how devastating it must have been for you both when Gina miscarried.”

“What are you talking about?  Gina hasn’t lost the baby.”

She stared at him in horror.  “Oh, no.  She didn’t tell you!”

100 Words

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  You can find this week’s prompt here. To read other stories or to participate, click here.

31 Replies to “Unexpected News”

  1. Oh how horrible, for all of them. But as a doctor’s receptionist talking about a patient’s case could get Anna into serious trouble apart from the sadness.

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    1. Dear Rochelle,

      Yes, it’s a terrible way for him to find out. And you’re right. Anna shouldn’t have assumed that he knew. She should have left it at “We’re managing” and move on to something else. Thanks 🙂


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  2. In her defense, his answer of “we’re managing” could imply he did know… What a horrid feeling to find out that no, he didn’t. Of course, a nurse shouldn’t speak of her patient, even to the patient’s husband but…

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    1. You nailed it, Dale. That’s why I had him say that. And you’re right. A nurse or doctor’s receptionist should never speak of a patient to anyone, even to the husband. It’s a horrible moment for both of them.

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