Pilgrim – a 100 word story

Here is this week’s 100-word story for Friday Fictioneers. The photo prompt comes courtesy of Marie Gail Stratford.

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Photo courtesy of Marie Gail Stratford


Genre: Fiction



So this is why people say you should never go back.
How did the liberating anonymity of the city become this loud, crushing chaos?
No doubt it is I who changed since I was last here, not the city. So much for finding space to breathe.
Charles will be so smug, picturing his small-town wife too old and timid to survive the outside world. He will no doubt forgive my silliness.
No! I will not see myself as he does, nor will I ever again suffer his ‘forgiveness.’
The mountains of Peru come to mind and my heart grows wings.

©Siobhán McNamara

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21 Responses to Pilgrim – a 100 word story

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Wow! That’s powerful and beautiful


  2. wmqcolby says:

    Have big dreams, mountains and skis — let the wind blow. Good stuff, Siobhan!


  3. storydivamg says:

    Interesting reflection, Siobhan. I think you mean “pilgrim” as your title?

    All my best,
    Marie Gail


  4. Maybe she should follow in the footsteps of the old guy in the movie “UP”. She should count on a much more reliable mode of transportation though


  5. Mike says:

    Peru seems a great idea, Machu Picchu instead of Chicago, both high rise, like your story


  6. Mike says:

    Peru sounds great, Chicago to Machu Picchu she will be flying high like you.


  7. Jan Brown says:

    Interesting story. Peru sounds lovely. Hopefully, Charles is not there!


  8. draliman says:

    I feel the same about the city. Give me wide open spaces any day!


  9. Sandra says:

    A feel-good story; liberated woman going where her heart takes her. Well done, Siobhan.


  10. IfeomaO says:

    Beautifully written, refreshing and liberating. Hope to read more like this.


  11. Dear Siobhán,

    Lovely story that ended with hope. Suffering forgiveness says a lot. Well done.




  12. oldentimes says:

    Oh, ‘suffering forgiveness’. What pictures that conjures!


  13. gahlearner says:

    All power to her, but better leave Charles in Chicago. I’d go with her. Great story.


  14. My heart grows wings.
    I love that.


  15. madamewriter says:

    Awesome, keep dreaming.


  16. Yes, always go forward. What an uplifting story, great writing.


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