FFftPP: Defining Footsteps

This post is for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner run by Roger Shipp. This challenge asks that you write a story of up to 200 words in response to the photo prompt and the optional opening sentence. I’ve included the opening sentence in italics.

Photo Prompt

Defining Footsteps

Enough is enough.

Jarred stomped down the path, his roiling anger adding momentum to his heavy limbs. Each crunch of gravel beneath his feet provided a satisfying punctuation to his thoughts. He’d had enough of their constant criticism, their put-downs and undermining comments. He’d had enough of their sideways looks and sighs of derision. What right did they have to treat him in such a way?

None whatsoever!

Finally reaching his destination he dropped onto the bench overlooking the bay. The serene expanse of sun-kissed ocean calmed his emotions as the walk had failed to do. After all, the ocean had always been home.

That his rebellious body had consented to carry him the full distance of the path was proof that he was right. A year ago walking the whole distance simply wouldn’t have been possible. Even six months ago he could have made it barely halfway unaided. He knew he could do it – he didn’t care what any of them thought any more. The accident and the disabilities he’d been left with would not define him. He wouldn’t let them shape the rest of his life.

Someday he’d sail upon those waters again.

Word Count – 193

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33 Comments on “FFftPP: Defining Footsteps

    • I’ve known people who’ve had to fight their way back to health after serious injury. It’s not an easy thing to do and takes a lot of determination. I’m glad you liked it, Sabina. 🙂


    • I’m glad you like it, Mandi. 🙂 Just because he has disabilities doesn’t mean he’s completely incapable. He’s determined to push himself past any predefined boundaries.

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    • He could very easily have accepted everyone’s doubts as the truth and given up – but he’s stronger and more determined than that! I’m glad you liked it. 🙂 Thanks for visiting.


  1. Great story of hope – he’s certainly picked himself up and isn’t letting his accident rule his life.

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  2. “Each crunch of gravel beneath his feet provided a satisfying punctuation to his thoughts.” Love that line, especially when contrasted to the calm that washes over him as he sits by the sea.

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  3. Wonderful story Louise! I love that his anger is spurring him on to do better and overcome his disabilities. Great story of hope!

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    • Thank you! I’m glad you like it. 🙂 There are a number of flash fiction challenges that offer prompts every week. I hope you find one that suits you.

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  4. Great encouragement for others. He made up his mind and decided nothing would keep him from reaching his goal. Wonderful story.


  5. “Each crunch of gravel beneath his feet provided a satisfying punctuation to his thoughts.” What a great sentence! INSPIRING! Thanks for participating this week. Hope to see you in Week #5.


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