Friday Fictioneers: Double Delusions




Double Delusions


Arriving at the restaurant Susie looked at the umbrellas. She climbed up on the fencing and tried to figure out the code. The code which would save her life. She sat for hours in thought until she heard the familiar voice of her wife Emily.

“Come down darling. It’ll be ok.”

She’s with them. They have got to her too.

“Don’t come any closer.”

Emily held back tears. It had been like this for as long as she knew Susie. But she still hoped against hope that she could help Susie in the way everyone else failed to do before.


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34 comments on “Friday Fictioneers: Double Delusions

  1. Alice Audrey says:

    If only she could really rescue her.

  2. Priya says:

    Reminded me of the movie ” a beautiful mind’. Anything to do with it?

  3. Abhijit Ray says:

    What happened to Susie? Why doesn’t she want Emily to come any closer? They have got whom?

    • lisarey1990 says:

      Susie is suffering from paranoia. She thinks that people who she comes across in her life are out to kill or harm her and when anyone including Emily tries to bring her out of those thoughts she thinks that Emily or whoever it may be in any situation is out to hurt her.

      Thank you so much for reading Abhijit. 🙂

  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t after you…

  5. subroto says:

    Looks like Susie is battling demons of her own. Nice one.

  6. draliman says:

    If Emily is the last one standing I hope she gets that code figured out. Reminds me of a “Bodysnatchers” type scenario.

  7. Oh the fears of a delusional mind. Emily is a rock, but for how long? One has to be very strong to deal with people with delusions. Sad affair!

  8. pennygadd51 says:

    You write this with insight and empathy. A lay person can’t cure irrational fear; professional help may do, depending on the cause. Susie is lucky to have Emily as her wife.

  9. Dear Lisa,

    It’s not easy to stand by a delusional person. Good for Emily. But she might need help. Good one.



  10. You write a great deal of empathy for Susie and Emily, poignantly highlighting the challenge of Susie’s illness- Emily desperately wanting to help and knowing her help wasn’t enough. Movingly told Lisa.

  11. granonine says:

    How very sad; but you have written hope into the relationship. There is always hope.

  12. Dale says:

    So difficult to live with such paranoia for both of them.

  13. Piyali says:

    Living with paranoia is difficult. But, I doubt Emily could ever help her. Nice take.

  14. With any luck, she will get the help she needs. Such a sad situation sprinkled with a dash of hope.

  15. 4963andypop says:

    This reminds me of the movie, “A Beautiful Mind,” about a nobel prize winner in Economics ir Math, who has schizophrenia. The main character seeks a secret code, too, that only he can see, and isolates himself in his paranoia.

    She may need to rely on more than her own abilities and caring to pull her wife down from the rafters, so to speak, even if those resources have failed to help in the past. Fortunately, treatments are more humane these days.

  16. Not easy when your mind has locked onto something… of course there is no other code than to let yourself be taken care of.

  17. jillyfunnell says:

    Like Penny, I feel Susie is very luck to have Emily. Sad, realistic story.

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