FLASH FICTION | SAD CHALLENGE
The Right Decision
Flash Fiction for StoryADay in September — Day 1
Nelly stood on the bridge. Leaned over the railing. Stared at the swirling water below. Mesmerized. Too mesmerized.
It’s so easy. Just climb over and jump.
Her mind begged her to let go. To be free from it all. No more mistakes. No more burdens. No more being the burden.
She stood upright and glanced to her left. That way weaved back to all the pain, shame and guilt. She could never take that path again. She glanced to the right. She’d never been that way before. She didn’t even know what adventures or heartaches would overcome her.
She looked back out at the raging river. Wished that she had the courage to just go with the flow like the water below her. It didn’t matter which decision she made — jump or go right — she didn’t have the courage for either.
“Nelly! Nelly, don’t…”
She heard his voice but didn’t dare turn toward him. He would convince her to stay and wouldn’t she if she saw him?
His footsteps upon the wooden bridge grew louder.
Make a decision. Drum up the courage.
And then headlights appeared from her right.
She’s come. She’s actually come for me after all.
Without another moment’s hesitation, Nelly turned right and ran down the bridge. As she reached the sedan with her lover at the steering wheel, she heard his cries once more.
“Nelly! Nelly, don’t go!”
©2021 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.
There is a point, in the distance, that your character very badly wants to reach. What is it?
What is the point from which they’ve started out, what are they willing to do to get to that point in the distance? What will they sacrifice?
The bridge is the point between those two places. The bridge is where what they must do to get there, what they’re willing to sacrifice, and the consequences of those decisions coexist.
Write their story, on the bridge.
Lori Carlson writes Poetry, Fiction, Articles, Creative Non-Fiction and Personal Essays. Most of her topics are centered around Relationships, Spirituality, Life Lessons, Mental Health, Nature, Loss, Death, and the LGBTQ+ community. Check out her personal Medium blog here.