Freedom

FLASH FRIDAY CHALLENGE: 100 WORDS
PHOTO PROMPT © Peter Abbey

Jack fidgets with his earthy hands. Dry, cracked skin that time consumed. He hardly recognizes them anymore. The shackles, a reminder of days he wore a younger man’s clothes, are removed.

Freedom. It smells like musty water and sweaty men.

The sun shines through the holes in the fence and warms his face. He musters a grin. Sweat beads across his aged forehead.

40 years can change a man.

The Bridgeway seems longer than the courtyard stories suggested. He sees her in the distance. Frail, grey-haired and wheelchair bound. She came.

And it’s clear.

A mother’s love knows no judgement

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Very well told. I specially liked the smell of musty waters and sweaty men

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    1. Maddie's Mama says:

      Thank you! It’s what I imagine an old beaten down prison would smell like. 🙂 I appreciate you taking the time to read.

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  2. Dear Laura,

    Vivid descriptions infuse your story with life. I particularly loved it that his mother was waiting for him. Nicely done. And while I’m here…welcome to Friday Fictioneers. You might find it somewhat habit forming.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Maddie's Mama says:

      Thank you Rochelle. For your kind words and for welcoming me to the family. I look forward to this healthy habit!

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  3. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Nice take on the prompt. I also liked that it was his mother waiting for him.

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    1. Maddie's Mama says:

      Thank you for reading! I went back and forth with it being his mother and an old flame. But it was sweeter to remind people that mothers love like no other. Appreciate you taking the time to comment!

      Like

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