It Was Only A Mile

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
a piece of flash fiction for the contest

Submitted: February 10, 2017

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Submitted: February 10, 2017




"Guilty as charged," the judge had said in one breath.

And with those fifteen letters, it was over. Four syllables.

Not that she'd worried for herself; prison had been no picnic, but she'd dealt. (Though the morning beach joggers who happened to glance at her sallow face, unkempt hair, and shoeless feet might think otherwise.)

No, the problem was, they'd taken him.

Her baby.

And now, after three years of no privacy, tasteless food, and bruises of varying shades, the day had arrived: release.

It barely even registered when they'd handed her a dress to wear, instead of the orange uniform.

She didn't go home. Why would she? He wasn't there.

The water was restless that morning, as if it sensed her. As if enforcing the restraining order with every chop of wave and every turning tide. The order that couldn't have fallen harder had it been the death sentence. They'd taken him and it had killed her as efficiently as a firing squad.

But he was just there—it was only a mile!

The closest she could ever get.

It was only a mile.

But it might as well have been the entire ocean.

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