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?

— end —

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

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34 responses to “Tethered to the past

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


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


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


  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.




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


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


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


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


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


  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.


  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.


  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!


  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 😎


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


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


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