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The Real World

June 6, 2021

From Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch is this week’s challenge.

June 3, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story being leashed. Is it literal or metaphorical? Who or what is leashed. How does it set the tone? Go where the prompt leads!

The Real World

Six-thirty Monday morning.
Post-(Current?)pandemic rush hour still not bad. Mark it down: a positive. Rare, but important.

Set the cruise, listen to the radio, don’t think about the nine hours ahead.
Turn up the radio.

Gene Harris. This Masquerade. Another positive.
Sunrise peeking over downtown (and another).

Exit on Hawthorne. Rights and lefts. Eleven blocks, eleven lights.
Lock.
Doublecheck.
Walk.

Welcome to the Anchor. May we hold your leash?
Help yourself. Just leave me room to breath?
Right.

Hello. Mornin’. Hi.
Nice, and yours? Not a lot, you?
Blah.
Blah.
Blah.

Inhale. This is not the real world. Exhale.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2021 8:48 pm

    Love the style you used on this story, feeling the clipped thoughts of a leashed modern worker. Nice!

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  2. June 12, 2021 2:09 pm

    Being ‘leashed’ to a car seat… been there done that. On the way to and home about 14 hours one way. We’re home now. Makes for a long day even as the passenger.

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