FICTION

A Staircase of Second Chances

A love story

Rejoice Denhere
Vital World Online
Published in
6 min readMar 9, 2024

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They’d once been in love, their hearts entwined like vines clinging to an ancient oak. But now, their love had withered, replaced by bitter words and jagged edges. Every conversation was a battlefield, each sentence a weapon aimed at the other’s heart.

Dan, weary and scarred, yearned for an escape. Emma, the woman he’d married, had transformed into a stranger — a spectre haunting their once-happy home. Her laughter had turned to echoes, and her touch felt like frost on his skin. She was a character from a horror movie, her eyes hollow and her smile twisted.

Their son, a cherubic four-year-old named Oliver, was the only light left in Dan’s life. The boy’s laughter echoed through the house, a beacon of hope. But even Oliver’s innocence couldn’t mend the rift between his parents. Their love had unravelled, thread by thread, until it was a fragile memory hanging by a frayed string.

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And then Rachel entered Dan’s life — a serendipitous collision of fate. She was a breath of spring air, young and vibrant. Her laughter danced like sunlight on water, and her eyes held secrets waiting to be…

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Rejoice Denhere
Vital World Online

Author and business owner. Putting teams and individuals on the path to success. Top Writer on Medium. https://rejoicedenhere.medium.com/membership