Laura Alone

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


Wrapped in the warmth of the few positive memories she had of her life with him, Laura sat alone, staring off into the distance. She was confident that she had made the right decision but still wondered if other options might have been open to her. The verbal, physical, and sexual abuse had been real. So was the animosity and cruelty. She knew he resented and envied her professional success. But she was unable to resolve how anyone could exhibit this much hostility. How was it even possible? In the end, she knew she must walk away. And today had been that day.

 

The cool and damp as Laura sat alone were also very real, but she had experienced the many discomforts of an unfortunate and broken relationship, so these mild annoyances brought on by the gentle breeze were not going to bother her today. Not this day.

 

The oppressive enmity had left her wondering how he could have changed so much. Or had she simply never really known him? She knew she was going to have to find a new job in a new city. He would look for her. Laura couldn’t let him find her. She would have to isolate from all of her existing friends and make new ones. It would not be easy. But it was necessary. And it would be better. It would be good.

 

As the damp air rustled her hair and brushed her cheek, Laura dreamed of the new life ahead—a life not encumbered by dangers, threats, violence, and fears. This was the end of a long and difficult day. And now it was time to move on in optimism, hope, and freedom. “To my new life,” she said, as she arose and stepped into that life.


Submitted: August 05, 2021

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