I met my younger self today…
Oh, I had forgotten what glorious ambitions I had entertained in the freshness of my youth! How I laughed into the wind as I chased my sister through the lush gardens of our estate, enamored with wild dreams. One day, I would make my family proud. One day, I would change the world.
When I enlisted as a soldier, the eyes of my parents glittered with pride. But somewhere in the heat of battle, I lost my way. I allowed fear to overcome me…
And I ran.
Disgraced, my parents cast me out. My name became a curse on the lips of my friends. Even my sister could no longer bear to look at me.
Now I am but a dry leaf which has fallen away from its flourishing branch – ever drifting, I wither away in loneliness. I have seen many successes in my time, but happiness merely evaporates within the parched soil of my soul.
I searched the bright, hopeful eyes of my younger self for understanding.
“Haven’t I done one thing right?” I cried in desperation.
I met my younger self today… and, without a single word…
He turned and walked away.
This week’s Flash! Friday Challenge was to combine the dry elements of 200 words, the lonely photo prompt above, and the concept of “Man vs. Man” to create a flash fiction explosion.
Here’s my attempt!
Photo Credit: Kinderspiel. Creative Commons 2.0 photo by Hartwig HKD