The Woman on the Tor

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


The Woman on the Tor

She packed a small bag, closed it, and set it down on the front steps. A cab pulled up and she grabbed her bag and walked to the curb and got in. “Train station,” she said. On the way she thought of her husband and how he sat and had breakfast, chipper and full of energy. How he read her from a favorite comic strip in the newspaper, and made her laugh in spite of herself. How he said he would pick up Chinese food on the way home from the office, and not to worry about cooking today. “This is your day, honey,” he said, “I want you to enjoy it.” She thought of these things that happened not even an hour ago as she watched the city streets appear and fly past the window of the cab, and then disappear, perhaps forever, never to be seen again. At least not by her.

A few hours later, the train ride gave her the feeling of moving forward, and she knew that should have pleased her. “I’m not running away,” she kept telling herself, “that’s for losers—I’m running towards something.” Then her eyes welled up and she began to cry. The voice inside her head said, most emphatically, “You’re a liar and you know it!”

The little hotel in the remote village in the Scottish highlands had beckoned her from its webpage on the internet. She took a walk and sat on a rock. She didn’t care about anything. Everything she ever hoped for, she got, and none of it made any difference. Many tried to please her, all for naught. “Don’t you love me?” her last lover asked, with tears in his eyes. She answered him, “I don’t even love myself.”

The End


Submitted: May 24, 2021

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Clare Troup

That’s sad .
Self love is so important
I like how it’s in Scotland my Bonnie home

Fri, June 11th, 2021 12:41pm

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You know that was written for the flash fiction contest. Had to limit it to 300 words. Wish I could have written more. Thank you for reading it!

Fri, June 11th, 2021 6:50am

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