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Couch philosopher

August 7, 2021

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

August 5, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about an open door. It can be literal or metaphorical. What is behind the door? Who is seeking and why? As the writer, how will you manage the discovery? Go where the prompt leads!

Couch philosopher

Margie didn’t say goodbye because that conversation had taken place a long time ago. She just took one last look, exhaled and opened the door and walked away. Darrell sat on the couch and watched the door until it faded and became a part of the wall.

He thought Emerson said that every wall is a door. He wondered if it’s the walls in front of us or the doors we walk through – or close – that define our existence.

Hell if I know, he thought.

Then one day he stood up and opened the door and took a breath.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2021 10:51 am

    This is really cool!
    The idea of the door disappearing and the reappearing at the right time — brilliant.
    When the student is ready, the door appears. And who knows what new world is outside that door?

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  2. August 8, 2021 7:39 am

    Thanks Liz! Life is choices.


  3. August 12, 2021 2:29 pm

    Yes, what a clever story of choices and timing.


  4. August 12, 2021 10:19 pm

    We each see our doors when we need to. I wonder if he pulled that door back out of its invisible place, finally sick and tired of stagnating. Thought provoking piece Michael!



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