My flash fiction didn’t end well. The thumping in the second half of the story was CPR, in case you didn’t guess that. And since I intentionally chose the names of the characters from the movie Meet Joe Black (You can read the wikipedia synopsis here) for both my flash fiction and my book pitch, I managed to fool everybody about my book pitch ending. Rather than declaring a tie between endings all the opposite of mine, I let Rafflecopter choose a winner, and it picked Amy S. Here’s the movie poster. It speaks volumes.
Susan leans against the rusty support of some bridge remains. Crying, she wipes Joe White’s leg with her wet hair. They talk, their lives presented in flashbacks as his consciousness fades in and out.
At her father’s party, Joe’s photos preserve fireworks as streaks. Later, they marry and travel as he photographs everything from starving children to water art—until their son chases a ball into the ocean. Distraught, they also attempt drowning, except Joe gets cut.
In vision, they see their son embrace the starving children’s photo. “Adopt,” he whispers.
So you see, Susan and Joe not only get to see their son, but they both live to feel the love and joy of another child by adopting. Although I loved reading the sad endings you supplied, I felt that finding a new purpose in life, starting again from the depths of sorrow, was very much in keeping with the end of the movie. What do you think?