My walk home seems longer than normal. The sun fights through the overcast sky and promises to bring light to my world, but it’s deceptive; a flagrant liar that yearns to bring hope then fling it away before it can warm my chilled heart.
It’s been twenty years and yet I still feel the raw emotion of that which I felt when I was young and stupid.
The man I just passed. He is to blame.
The same cologne that embraced me that night now embraces me once again, haunting my past and present in one heart-wrenching sweep.
Would my life be different now if I had succumbed back then?
Fearing mockery and contempt, I despised and churned my wayward emotions only to have them reawaken in this bleak future. They trample over one another as ravenous beasts that seek to rampage through my mind and bring me to my knees.
I can’t let them.
A tear rolls down my cheek. I brush it away and force myself forward, faster. Blinding by my cracked and weeping heart, I allow my feet to guide me home. Only then can these monsters be allowed free reign. Only then…
I know, I know; I’ve already done a five-minute #freewrite for the prompt — cologne — but this one demanded to come out.
The last one — An Awkward Scent — was written this morning while I was half-asleep and hastily getting something out before my day began. Then, as I was walking home from the school-and-shop run, I was blindsided by this sudden… thing.
I almost want to transform this into a full story. Somehow. She needs a name. I need a plot. Characters. Everything. Genre: Depressive Romance? I can’t write in modern times but it’s a modern woman. Maybe catastrophe strikes the world. Anyway. It yelled at me and demanded to be written down. To the eggtimer website! Press the button! Write, write, write! Now I’m posting this with tears in my eyes. I don’t know who she is, but I feel sad for her. When I eventually write her story, I hope hers ends happily… unlike most of my tragic endings.
Well, to be fair, Half Past the Moonfall wasn’t as tragic as I originally intended. 😉 Just wait ’til Vengeance comes!
Once again, today’s challenge is at the following link… please join in and write with us! 😀
And the header image for this new take on the prompt, is CC0 and courtesy of Pixabay!
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