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Henry Higgins: A Short Story (Excerpt)

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Henry Higgins, age 82, introvert.

Henry enjoyed the simple life. He did everything alone and he liked that. Nevertheless, his neighbors mistook his solitary life as loneliness and did everything they could to have him take part in social gatherings.

Henry did his best to please his neighbors by attending and sitting in a chair throughout the evenings, but he’d much rather sit in his chair at his home.

Adelaide was his next-door neighbor, she too, was 82 years old, but very extroverted.

Whenever she held a gathering, whether it was with family or friends, she was the life of the party. She always had the best jokes. Henry enjoyed listening to her talk amongst others. To Henry, she was the most liked in the neighborhood.

Adelaide always made a point to approach Henry whenever he attended. She made him feel somewhat important.

Henry never had any visitors. After his wife died, Henry’s family continued on in their own lives. He knew they would be better off not hanging around a quiet old man. He was okay with that.

Then, an awful day happened. Adelaide had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. Everyone was worried about her, even Henry, but he avoided hanging around the crowd. Instead, Henry worried on his own, hoping Adelaide would come home and be his neighbor again, soon.

Unfortunately, Adelaide died that evening. Henry watched as her family filed into her home, grieving. He, too, grieved that night. Despite liking his alone time, Henry was saddened to have lost his only friend.

The next day, someone knocked on his door. Henry nervously answered. Adelaide’s oldest daughter stood with a box of Henry’s favorite chocolate.

“What’s this?” Henry asked confused, then quickly added, “I’m very sorry for your loss.”

Adelaide’s daughter held back tears as she handed him the box.

“Me, too.” She said, “Mom knew you liked these, she’d want you to have them so you wouldn’t be too sad without her.”

Henry took the box. “That’s very kind of you. I, uh, didn’t realize she knew that much about me.”





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3 thoughts on “Henry Higgins: A Short Story (Excerpt)”

  1. Nice story so far. I’m just curious, ‘Henry Higgins’ is the name of one of the main characters in “My Fair Lady,” did you give him that name as an intentional reference? 🙂


      1. I had something similar where I wrote a manuscript with a teenage boy character named ‘Teddy Finch,’ and then I found out that was the name of a character in a VERY popular YA novel called “All the Bright Places.” I think that was subconscious too, however I’m really attached to the name now! 🙂

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