One today is worth two tomorrows; never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. – Benjamin Franklin
Wise words, but ones that are sometimes hard to follow. I procrastinate at the best and worst of times. We have all been there I am sure… I will write tomorrow; next week, another day…. I will start dinner, just after I finish this page; this chapter; let’s grab takeout…. Some days we stick to our self made promises and we do get up a little earlier and take that promised walk. Or squeeze in a few chapters before bed. Some days, we are not as lucky and we receive that dreaded phone call that tells us we missed our chance.
The September 24, 2014 challenge from over at the Carrot Ranch Communications prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) include a story where “blue skies won’t wait for you.” What is your character waiting for? Is it too late or does the impulse come in time? Maybe blue skies are a calling. Try not to think to deeply, and do a quick free-write. Invite your unconscious mind to the page and see what it makes of the phrase.
Here is my take on this weeks prompt.
Blue Skies Won’t Wait For You
“It’s time to go.”
She watched the rain drops collide into the window and race each other downwards. “Not today, please.”
Her mother sighed, “If not today, when?”
They looked around the empty room, avoiding the bloodstained carpet, knowing that any other day was not an option. Her mother placed a hand on one of her bandaged arms, “You might not have another day.”
She knew that it was time, but she was scared. Of what was to come. Of what had come to pass.
Her mother held out a hand. Together, they left her childhood room.
How did I do?