True Love

He was a friend of mine. I bought his headstone and put him in the earth.

His parents were poor, but I was sure he wouldn’t have had even a wooden marker tied with twine.

He’d been kind to me at the stamp mill, seen me as an equal, a confidant.  We were to be married, a convenience to him and freedom to me, if God hadn’t chosen to take him home.  His parents were ever grateful that I was willing to hide their ‘mistake.’

But how could John’s life be a mistake when I loved him so deeply?



This was written for this week’s historical Carrot Ranch Prompt on Cora Kingston and John Yendow.  I’ve taken ENORMOUS liberties with John’s life and Cora’s sensibilities, but who knows? 

17 thoughts on “True Love

  1. Sophia Ismaa says:

    That’s really interesting regarding the freedom aspect. If this is the 19th century, how would Cora be able to live out her freedom even if her husband is gay. Would society still impose limitations on her despite her marriage status?

      • Sophia Ismaa says:

        So ironic that I was just thinking last night that the reason being for my commitment phobia is down to the whole popping out lots of kids possibility and not being able to have the freedom to explore and go adventures with a companion (what I want to actually do)… and then I see this! Okay, in that case, your story makes complete sense now. ☺️

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