The one-word weekly challenge we ask for a 33-333 word response to the third definition of a given word. This week’s word is, color (noun) using the third definition. This is my submission and is in fact truth and not fiction.
He was remembering when she hadn’t been feeling well. There was just not the energy to do anything that she either wanted or needed to do. So far the tests that the doctor had taken all came back negative and there was the question of how to proceed, but because of her history of depression it was determined to simply increase the dosage of her antidepressants once again. There was such a feeling of discouragement as she felt so strongly that there was a physical reason, and that it was not her imagination but she knew that her physician believed her to be a hypochondriac.
He recalled how she felt after being told there was nothing wrong with her except for the depression. She looked so unwell and her face so tired and drawn. He longed to see color back in her cheeks, and so wished that there was something he could do.
Then came the breakthrough! It began so unexpectedly with a severe headache that would not subside and increased in severity, causing a hurried trip to the emergency room at the nearest hospital.
A specialist was assigned to examine her, and asked about her current state of health. After she told him about the extreme fatigue, the heat prostration and then him noticing how she was walking and her eyelid drooping he knew that she needed further investigation to confirm what he believed was her issue.