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.
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?
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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