Carrot Ranch #FlashFiction Challenge November 3: Frozen
This post was written in response to Charli Mills Flash Fiction Challenge over at Carrot Ranch
November 3, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a frozen story. Is the weather the source of freezing or is a character frozen by emotion or lack of it? It can also be a moment frozen in time. What does it reveal? Respond by November 10, 2015 to be included in the weekly compilation. Rules are here. All writers are welcome!
Here’s my take on the prompt.
Let me tell you why I know I’m making the right decision. I had steady job, a good husband, an oversized house, and a fast car. Everything I needed for an enviable life. Then I received a message from a secret admirer and replied. Soon I started longing for a more creative job, a more supportive husband, a smaller apartment, and a bike. I left my husband, sold my house, and cycle to the coffee shop every day to write my novel. I know I’m right because my inspiration flows. I hadn’t realised I was frozen until I melted.
The ‘secret’ is, of course, finding inspiration and creativity within yourself, and realising that your happiness doesn’t depend on anyone or anything else. It means finding and expressing your needs. There comes a time when you have to impose your rules and your needs, if you can.
Life-changing events are traumatic, and when you’ve got over the struggle, you look back and think, ‘Was that me? How did I ever cope?’ Then suddenly it all makes sense. The paralysis brought about by your blocked, or frozen, mind and body melts. One day, it just happens, and you know it’s over. You’ve won the battle you were waging with your own demons. You’ve melted into someone else, and you’re free!
Would you like to read some of the other entries? Here they are!