Swan Song - A Short Story by Paul Worthington


How can you mend a broken heart? Sixteen-year-old Maggie has searched for the answer all her life. Maggie's always got the best in life from her parents: new cars, fancy apartments, private schooling, the works. She has everything, except their love. Maggie is desperate, and her parents are too busy to notice and too distant to care. After years of wondering if her parents truly love her, Maggie now realizes the answer. Now, only one question remains: “If my parents came home and found me dead on the sidewalk, would they even notice?”

Thirty-year-old, kindhearted neighbor across the hall, Stephen, continues to see his world spiral out of control. His girlfriend dumped him weeks ago, and his writing career – or what she used to call “just a hobby” – has been dwindling for a long time. And today, he just got canned. All he wants to do is get home and sleep. Just as he steps into his apartment, he suddenly sees Maggie perched on her eleventh story ledge, searching for the answer.

Two lives will be forever changed.