Decision

Under the coruscating lights that hung above the cobblestone street, vendors sold their exotic cuisine.  Aromatic smells wafted to her second story flat.  Standing on the balcony, Amaya inhaled deeply.  She would miss Timur’s lamb stew and Kalinda’s curry chicken skewers.  She watched the passersby strolling under lights that reminded her of home and considered what to do.

Who left the note and photo in my mailbox?

The photo taken with close friends who knew nothing of her former life.  The doorbell rang.  Amaya could run again, start afresh someplace new.  Instead, she left the balcony and opened the door.

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This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story. The photo this week was taken by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit HERE.

26 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    I loved the smells, and the mystery and the challenge

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    1. Thanks so much, Neil. High praise indeed! =)

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  2. I hope the never feel that kind of despair. A good tale.

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    1. Me as well. Sadly, for many, desperate decisions are a normal part of life. Thank you for reading and commenting, Tracey.

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      1. Darn autocorrect. I swear it changes my words after I post them. But you got the gist of it. You’re welcome.

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Coruscating – great word. A brave choice to stay and face up to what may come. I hope it works out for her.

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    1. Yeah, I came across this word this week as I was working on my “big” project. I needed adjectives describing light. =) Thank you for stopping by and reading my story, Iain!

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  4. Tannille says:

    Fantastic atmosphere, has an energy about it.

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    1. Thanks so much, Tannille. That made me smile!

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  5. draliman says:

    Time to face her demons…
    I could never live somewhere like that. I’d be constantly stuffing my face with exotic cuisine 🙂

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    1. Yes, it is time. I love all different sorts of cuisine. That’s why I am a bit “round” 🙂. Lovely to have you stop by!

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  6. The right decision? I guess she’ll never know. An intriguing tale cleverly told.

    Here’s my story!.

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    1. Thanks so much, Keith. She was tired of running and afraid for her friends. Take care!

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  7. Dale says:

    Love the word coruscating. And I love the ambiance you created with the sights and scents. I hope her running days are over – but not over, dead, over…

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    1. Haha, I know what you mean. She’s tired of running. I found the word this week and just had to use it. Luckily, the picture featured lights. =) I really appreciate your kind comments!

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      1. Dale says:

        Don’t you just love when a single word inspires you to use it?

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  8. Liz Young says:

    Perhaps facing her demons is better than running for ever.

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    1. That’s what I was going for. Time to stop. Thanks for reading and commenting, Liz! =)

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  9. Nobbinmaug says:

    Ooh, mystery and intrigue. Is this going to be a relief or a reckoning? I’m imagining all kinds of scenarios from blackmail to Jehovah’s Witnesses selling their magazine. Good one.

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    1. Haha … I’m so glad it peeked your curiosity and spurred your imagination! =)

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  10. Dear Brenda,

    As others have said, you set the tone. The smells are tangible. I’m hoping Amaya’s new friends will accept her and not judge her past. Wonderful scene set up.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thank you so much, Rochelle! Your comments made my evening. =)

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  11. Oh I so wonder how the past will come back into the present… but somehow I think she has made her choice…

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    1. She has! And, I’m glad to leave you wondering. =) Thank you, Bjorn, for stopping by!

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  12. Abhijit Ray says:

    Good that Amaya decided not to run any more. Who can refuse the smell of lamb and chicken curry on skewer!

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    1. For sure, they’re impossible to refuse. =)

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