Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers uses a picture prompt and asks for stories between 75-175 words. I have been absent from this challenge for a few weeks. Call it lazy, call it summer, call it whatever you want. PJ decided to call me out. You can’t really ignore a writing challenge that uses your picture for a prompt, now can you?
I had forgotten I even sent her this picture and even though it is mine I still struggled with it as much as I did when I took it. I just could never figure out why these boots were left here. I hope my story is pure fiction.
I’d like to add that to help me with my story I went back to a pod cast I discovered a few weeks ago when researching a story about a moth (you can read it here). The podcast left such an impression on me that I listened to it in it’s an entirety again tonight before completing this story. I’ll leave a link to it in the comments if you are interested.
It was so danged hot that day I decided to go to the creek. I thought I might take my shoes off and cool my toes in the water. I parked under the bridge and when I got out of my car I noticed a pair of boots, seemingly abandoned. I look closer and inside I found a note.
To Whom It May Concern,
I don’t want to die I just want the pain to stop. I feel like a coward and so I will not die with my boots on like the heroes of my youth but will leave them here. I hope someone who needs them will find them.
Be well my friend. Enjoy your journey,
I looked up and didn’t see anyone around. I grabbed the boots and ran to the creek screaming out his name “Jim!”
“Jim, where are you?”