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Abstract Panic – #drabble

December 30, 2016


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Abstract Panic

I stood outside in the rain. They were all there. Friends, family, the arts community. Dressed in finery. Gathered around the table. Cheese, crackers, wine. All I had to do was walk inside and join them.

Why the hesitation?

My feet felt like lead.

My cousin gazed out the window. Waved. I couldn’t wave back.

The world spun. The building shifted. The sidewalk shimmered. I closed my eyes and inhaled.

You can do this.

I opened my eyes and exhaled. With shaky knees and trembling fingers, I opened the door and walked inside – my first gallery showing since the break down.

©2016 Lori Carlson. All rights reserved.

(100 words)

For Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner – Week 01 2017

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  1. Kudos to her courage. Well written too.

  2. Good for her, being so brave.

  3. It takes time and immense courage to get back up. I’m glad she did. Love this, Lori!

  4. Fortunately, she was able to overcome her fear and go inside…hopefully, for a very successful night.Well written.

  5. Wew I could feel the drama… the pain… the fear. Well done! Thanks for participating in this week.

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