Caribbean Vacation

Cancer stuck its ugly claws in me two months before we were to leave for our Caribbean vacation. The vacation James and I have been dreaming about ever since we married 42 years earlier.

When I heard the news I knew immediately that our Caribbean cruise would have to be put on the back burner indefinitely. The questions became, will I survive the cancer? Would James survive, if I didn't?

Months of chemo and radiation took a toll on my body. My health was touch and go for a few months. Thankfully, my body fought along with the treatments and after 18 months, I was confirmed cancer free. James and I want to celebrate.

My hair is just growing back as we board our cruise ship for Saint Lucia Island. We are both elated to celebrate being alive and to still have each other. Life is so good.

Did I mention how much I still love my husband? (160 words)

Thank you to for their free to use public photos and for our prompt photo this week.

This is my 160 word story submission for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge. We are given a photo and 100-150 words (+- 25) to write our story based on this photo. This challenge is open to anyone who would like to participate. If you are interested, click on this link for more information:




91 thoughts on “Caribbean Vacation

  1. I can feel the awful disappointment of a delayed trip in this story. The reason for the delay makes it even more intense. I also felt the pure joy of the trip becoming a reality for them. Excellent story, Joy!

    • Thank you so much JR! That is such a wonderful compliment. Thank you!! I found out today that I can put your stories into InLinkz for you as long as you give me the right URL.

  2. I could feel the pain of not going on a cruise and then the love between the two people. So good to know that they still could go on the holiday of a lifetime.

      • Thanks for lovely comment. I always enjoy reading your wonderful stories too. At first I was wondering if it was James from another one of your flash fiction (who bought his wife the cruise ticket) but then I thought “No, his wife in the vacation story is too nice!”

        • I try not to make my stories continuations because I have so much trouble keeping up with all the stories that ARE continuations. After reading so many flash fiction stories during the week, my mind has forgotten what the story was the week before. I guess what I’m saying is I am hoping those continuations stories will stop and we will go back to one story each week. It is terrible to read a story and you have forgotten the previous week’s and I don’t have time to go back and re-read all the stories prior to the current week. Thanks for letting me vent. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • It is very tricky trying to remember all the stories when you read so many each week! If I don’t remember the previous story I just read it as a stand alone and comment based on what I’ve just read.

          • It is tricky! I have tried doing it the way you do it but sometimes too much information is gone from the story. With that information gone, the story just doesn’t make sense. Anyway, I am trying the best I can with the continued stories.

  3. I felt this sudden pang in my heart while reading this (cancer is the worst) but then I realized it’s fictitious.. Woah thank God.. Really glad to hear they got a happy ending โค What a beautiful husband/wife relation you portrayed in just a few words ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Whew! They lived… and loved. I almost feared that the last line would be about the cancer reappearing. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Thankfully it left me with hope and happiness. A beautiful and heartfelt piece, for sure.

    • I am so happy to hear that it left you feeling happy. It was too sweet of a story to kill her off by cancer. :o) I’m glad she didn’t get the cancer back too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Izzy!

    • Thank you Miki for your empathy. This story is a flash fiction story for “Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers.” I am sorry to say, it is fiction. Thank you for reading and for your comment!

        • I understand, especially when I am writing them in first person POV. It is easy to think they are true stories. I make sure I tag my stories with Fiction and Flash Fiction so people can tell. But you must be like me. I never look at the tags. LOL!

          • Well, you can probably tell I am new. It was my first post in a long time. The format has changed since I was last here. So, I’m trying to figure everything out again. It won’t take me long to get the hang of it though, I’m sure. You’re right, however… I don’t look at tags. LOL Thanks for pointing it out to me.

          • I remember when I was new here and I was completely lost. I asked people for help but no one, that I can remember, actually helped me. I finally took a Blogging 101 class and that helped me a lot. If there is anything I can help you with, just let me know. If I don’t know the answer I can direct you where to get it.

  5. Oh good griefus, PJ! We both went to the same place with this prompt. How amazing is that?
    I really like your take on the prompt. More and more, these days, people with cancer can have this sort of ending.

  6. For a moment, I also thought this was a true story (until I read the comments). A poignant tale with a happy ending! I enjoyed reading this.

  7. This is a lovely story, PJ, and one that is all too often real. You have described the emotions that would rage at a time like this so well. I also like the way she worries that he wouldn’t surviive without her. That shows her deep love for her husband. Such a happy ending … so heartwarming.

  8. A nice happy ending ๐Ÿ™‚ Its funny, with how bright and soothing the prompt was, I went a little dark side on my flash fic this week too. Nice opening sentence too.

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