Joanna knew it was her time. After ninety years on earth she had grown sick of it. There had been too many wars and too many deaths. She was ready for the end. She was ready to be free.
Joanna rolled her wheelchair down the nursing home’s large ramp and let herself roll to a stop. Her breaths were becoming slower and slower. She undid the straps of her weighted shoes with the little strength she had left and smiled as her body floated up.
Joanna floated above the stone fountain in the nursing home’s lush garden, above the blooming cherry blossom trees, and above the dark, towering buildings. At last she reached the soft clouds. They parted for her in a grand gesture like she was floating to Heaven.
Joanna floated farther and farther until she reached the Earth’s atmosphere. With her last breath, blink of her eyes, and movement of her body, all Joanna could think about was how beautiful the Earth truly was.
Emma Sedrel is a senior at Mount Mercy University, majoring in English and minoring in diversity studies. When she’s not writing, she likes to spend time with her family and friends. She is an avid runner in her free time.