Sojourn

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


Sojourn

Janessa awakened early to enjoy the cool crispness of the mountain dawn.She’d ambled this scenic path down from her grandmother’s wilderness hideaway once before during a childhood visit. But yesterday morning on a whim, Janessa decided to make the eight-hour drive to her aging Grana’s abode, a sojourn from her increasingly exasperating city life.

 

She’d originally planned to spend the holiday weekend at a local urban watering hole, as usual, commiserating with her circle of friends about the latest breakup with her dubiously significant other.So many ruts – in her relationship, in her work, and…in pretty much her everything.But something began to stir in her these past few days, a longing for simplicity, an aching for essence. 

 

In the past, these sporadic yearnings would be suppressed, discarded like yesterday’s scraps. But on this occasion, the urge had morphed into a potent persuasion. And this time she was open to the lure; even more than that – welcoming its whispers. 

 

As the panoramic scene unfolded, Janessa absorbed its beauty, not only through all senses, but also with her soul. The constant impulse to record her life via phone surprisingly dissipated; up here memory would suffice, not to be shared with the world. 

 

An epiphany peeked over the misty horizon. Boom! Totally private moments were wonderful. Technology had its place, but it wasn’t omnipotent. Janessa now understood why Grana never left this rocky paradise; maybe she wouldn’t either. 


Submitted: June 08, 2021

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