He Turned His Back

It is one of those weeks. I have a deadline tomorrow. Three articles need completion, and interviews and statistics on family court and custody battles are piled on my desk.

Charles has a fever, and I swear I see little red dots in front of my eyes. I cannot decide whether it is the lamp, looking at a computer screen for too long or the light on my new digital recorder.

I want to write some kick ass articles. I also want to finish reading Dr. Zhivago and eventually that Charles Lindbergh biography. Yes, I want to disappear into my imagination and the mountains of snow I’ve never seen in my entire life.

One of the things I learn every time I write a serious article, I realize people can only hide from their realities for so long. Pete Denton wrote a post about flash fiction. Now I have not done any flash fiction, even though I’ve read some great pieces. But I did sit down and write one paragraph the same way I wrote Grass from the Grave, which is about to be published for a second time.

This is a short, very simple nonfiction piece I wrote about a week ago.

He Turned His Back

He turned his back. Twice. Once on the 4th of July, and the other at the annual agricultural fair the town hosts to raise money for the school. My heart burst when the teenager turned his back on the one-year-old; his brother. He would not even look at his face. He did not want to, and I did not want to return to the town again. I told my fiancé—the father of the teenager and my son—I did not want to return to that town ever again. Not a town where brothers turned their backs on brothers.


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4 thoughts on “He Turned His Back

  1. Elliot April 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM Reply

    It all comes out in the end doesn’t it? – I never really tried flash fiction. Mind you I’d never really tried poetry and Haiku until recently and I keep doing that. Maybe Flash fiction would be a useful exercise to try soon. Short non fiction is kind of interesting too.

    • rtd14 April 15, 2012 at 11:31 PM Reply

      I wrote some Haikus in college. I have never written flash fiction, but I’ve met and read very talented authors of flash fiction. I have been challenged to write nonfiction in 100 words or close to due to a challenge I have been presented. I experiment from time to time. Unfornately, there is not much time for it, but I like to try. Thank you for the comment!

  2. Pete Denton April 15, 2012 at 8:24 PM Reply

    Thanks for the mention. I do like Flash Fiction and it does help you tell the little stories within the larger one. Always good fun!

    • rtd14 April 15, 2012 at 11:32 PM Reply

      I was challenged to write a short nonfiction piece in 100 words that was related to a tragedy.
      It is fun to experiment, and I like to give credit to others when I’m presented an idea for a blog. Thanks!

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