All week, people had been clasping her hands.
“We’re all praying. Such a lovely lady.”
When Jane had lost her baby, mum was minding a newborn so the mother could rest.
Mum missed Jane’s birthday because she was hosting a coffee morning for people who were lonely.
Jane’s mum was a wonderful mum to everyone. Except Jane.
The death rattle. Not long now. As mum stops breathing, Jane feels... curious.
“Bye mum.” Stooping down, she gives her mum a small kiss. “Love you.”