Thursday, June 25, 2015

RUNAWAY


RUNAWAY

I've relocated before. Disowned at sixteen, I showed them and graduated college, then graduate school. I more than survived, I excelled.

The second time I was running for my life. Hidden bruises would never compare to the emotional baggage his terror produced.

The third time I went in search of opportunity because a manager refused to recognize my skills, after all, I'm merely a woman.

Today, as I walk that lonely road and explore my new cities crowded streets alone, I have to wonder, especially after thirty years together; maybe running is just an excuse for not trying harder.

99 Words
Yolanda Renée © 2015
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35 comments:

  1. Injustice is difficult to deal with, whether you run or you don't.
    Good piece.

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    1. Thanks micklively, we do have to deal, because the personal scars can't be left behind.

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  2. Sometimes we have to try and other times running is a good option

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  3. Love your take on the prompt.
    Great FF!

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    1. Thanks Michelle, if I'd noticed the garlic earlier it might have gone differently, but I saw dark lonely streets lit by neon instead.

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  4. After graduating college and graduate school after being disowned, I wouldn't say she wasn't trying.

    Nice piece!

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    1. Thanks Chrys, I think by the fourth move, she's questioning the thirty year marriage, and if running became too easy. She a survivor for sure, but being alone is the hardest part.

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  5. We have to pick what battles we fight.

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    1. Yes, creatingahomeng we do, some battles require a loss of comfort for survival.

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  6. Wow, that's pretty darn good stuff.

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    1. Hey Ivy, thanks. Hope all is well at your house!

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  7. I think for some life means being doomed to run.. especially for women.

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    1. I agree brudberg. Sometimes there is no other choice. Thanks!

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  8. Not sure her running wasn't a necessity given her circumstances. She achieved brilliantly against all odds, left an abusive husband (it seems), and continued to look for an opportunity where she could succeed on her own terms. If that's avoiding your life, I'd like to know what isn't. Very provocative story.

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    1. Hi Perry, Thanks. I saw her questioning the loss of a thirty year marriage. The first three moves were necessary, but she's wondering if running became too easy, too familiar.

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  9. Hey Yolanda,

    Yes and sorry, I know you've been twiddling your thumbs waiting for a comment from shy and humble me! :)

    Nicely done. A thoughtful piece of writing, Yolanda. You can try to distance yourself from what was but you can't run away from yourself.

    Gary

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    1. I always wait with baited breath, your comment! :)
      True, self always follows, no matter how fast you run!

      Be well, Gary or is it Bond?

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  10. This is very thoughtful indeed.
    I think, facing up to one's fear shows courage, but sometimes we have to choose our battles wisely.

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    1. Thank you Francesca, courage and doubts combined!

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  11. Sometimes run (like the "second time"), sometimes try harder - it's all about picking your battles.

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    1. True Alistair, the sentiment of the day!

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  12. I think that running is the same as trying harder, depending on the perspective. You have set up a nice tension, as we learn why she ran before. But not specifically why she ran after the 30 year marriage. Her other runnings were well justified.
    Great take on the prompt. I wish her well.
    In case I remain anonymous, it's Phylor commenting.

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    1. Hey phylor, your name shows up every time. Thanks for the thoughtful comment, there should be more, but for 100 words, I usually write and finish and never go back. I admire the stories that continue each week.

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  13. Never had to run, lucky I guess.

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    1. Hey Jo, and yet all lives have their stories!

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  14. That last line is haunting Yolanda. Chillingly good

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    1. Thanks Maurice, appreciate your visit!

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  15. I like how you've built this character. Her early experiences have made her the person she now is, and she's developed skills of survival. Her self-doubt at the end is poignant - has she taken the wrong path this time?

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  16. Second try to comment Yolanda. You're a master of ff now. Haunting. I wonder if she thinks about trying to stay instead of run.

    Thanks for the sidebar teasers for WEP. Exciting!

    Greetings from Noumea!

    Denise :-)

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  17. Dear Yolanda,

    Pity she still feels she has to run after all she's achieved. Well written story of a driven woman.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  18. Wow - after all she's done, it's a pity she has to continue running. I hope one day she finds a place where she can stop. Nicely done.

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  19. All three sound to me like excellent reasons to move on. If the result is loneliness - well, that can happen even without making a change.

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  20. Well written. You've managed to get part of a woman's life into a few words. I admire someone like her as she's a fighter, not a quitter. She just needs to find a place where she can excel. Good story, Yolanda. :) --- Suzanne

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