Tethered to the past

PHOTO PROMPT - © Al Forbes

How do you run away from your past when it’s tied firmly to your future?

“He is my BF Dad. I know him like the back of my hand”, she had said as Robert revved the car engine impatiently in her driveway.  The lines of worry  on her father’s face- the map of her future. She was 19 then.

She glances a peek at Robert as they drive back home. On his granite profile wrinkles run like a maze.

She looks at the back of her hand…was that mole always there? is it new? why hadn’t I noticed it before?

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BF – stands for “Best Friend”. I noticed the BF19 in the license plate of the antique car and used it as the base of this story. Exactly 100 words!

PHOTO PROMPT – © Al Forbes

More details about this photo-based writing challenge run by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is available here:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/26-february-2016/

For other stories , written by fellow ‘Friday Fictioneers’ for the same photo-prompt, click the froggy below:

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34 responses to “Tethered to the past

  1. She doesn’t know him that well then!

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  2. I think there are certain moment that just keeps coming back… and suddenly time has passed.

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  3. oh-uh, in some cultures, moles signify something either good or bad.

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  4. I loved the bit about the ‘lines of worry’ being a ‘map of her future’. Nicely done.

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  5. Dear Ansumani,

    We have such clear-cut ideas when we’re 19, don’t we? Life has a way of changing them. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  6. I agree with Sandra. “Lines of worry being a map of her future” told the whole story. Excellent piece. Bravo.

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  7. That previously un-noticed mole should have been a warning sign after her “know him like the back of my hand” comment 🙂

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  8. A life span in just few sentences. Great accomplishment.

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  9. Good story great description, Ansumani. I guess we never know someone as well as we think, Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  10. She was right, she did know him as well as the back of her hand: not very well. Moving story with great lines.

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  11. Ah, yep; like the back of the hand. Really felt like a teens pov, right down to naivete and i-cant-be-wrong thought pattern. Nice touch, her realising that she doesn’t remember the back of her hand.

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  12. I, too, like the lines of worry being the map of the future. The world looks so different when you’re 19. You are so clever. I didn’t even notice the license plate. Great piece.

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  13. I love this, from the opening question to “The lines of worry on her father’s face- the map of her future” and to her thinking she knows him like the back of her hand. It’s amazing that this inspired by a license plate, Great Job!

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  14. Quite observant of the license plate – BF 19. It served you well in the story. A clever twist to the photo prompt. I enjoyed reading it. Well done …
    Isadora 😎

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  15. I love that you saw that BF19 and your story evolved from there. It certainly made it interesting.

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  16. A wonderfully thought out piece, Ansumani. Subtle yet powerful.

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