A Million Miles

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A young girl is forced to move to live in California with her relatives after her parent's death.

Submitted: March 30, 2017

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Tomorrow I leave.

Why me? The pebbles crunch beneath my feet and I kick at an old waterlogged branch, as if somehow that would make all my problems disappear. This is my home, this is where I was born, where I've lived for fourteen years. They can’t make me leave, can they? I sink into the ground and stare at the water. How can everything be so calm and still while my whole life is doing cartwheels in front of my eyes? Los Angeles. That's where they're making me go. They said that would be what’s best for me. To live with my cousins. California. Really? I know I’ll hate it there. It's only on the other side of the country, but it feels like from where I am Los Angeles is millions of miles away. A burning, salty tear streaks down my blotchy face. And I start running. Now tears are coming in tsunamis, my eyes blurry and my face stinging. Why me? I run until I reach the old wrought iron gates. I kneel down, and one last tear slides down my cheek as I gently touch the grave.  “I’ll come back. I promise.”


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