Enough is enough, Bree had decided.

“Where are we going, Mommy?” Five year old Cody kicked up the smooth rocks on the trail as he skipped along, holding onto his mother’s hand tightly.

“It’s a surprise.”  Bree tucked one of Cody’s folded t-shirts deeper into her bulging purse.   Her feet were already sore.  She should have grabbed her sneakers.

“Disneyland?  Antarctica?”

“Antarctica?”  Bree scrunched her nose.

“I want to play with the polar bears.”

“Well, it’s not Antarctica.  I’ll tell you that.  No other hints.”

“Well, I hope it’s Disney!  I want to go on the Star Wars ride.  Is it Disneyland, Mommy?”

I don’t know.  I don’t know where we’re going.

When it was dark, with a sleeping Cody resting on her shoulder, her feet burning and bruised, Bree finally reached the Greyhound station.

“Two tickets to Los Angeles,” she told the attendant.

She imagined the light in Cody’s face when he saw the Star Wars attraction.  The flash of the fireworks reflecting in his eyes.  Their future was uncertain, but he would have that memory in his pocket forever.  She laid him in the seat next to her and watched him sleep.

For Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner


23 thoughts on “Escape

  1. I might have preferred dancing with the Polar Bears but that’s just me! Nice take on the prompt. I enjoyed reading.

  2. I’m glad the little boy got to go to Disney. Where does she go from there. Sad she had to leave so abruptly.

  3. I agree with Summerstommy. Your stories of determination of perseverance are uplifting. I love this one particularly. I know those two… Except it was a little girl, not a boy, and they really weren’t running, but surviving 😀 Great write, Jenn. ❤️

  4. I love when she goes: ‘I don’t know. I don’t know where we’re going.’ You can really feel her desperation. You nailed it with that line. Great story, Jenn!

  5. This piece really emphasizes that parents will do anything for their kids–even with the world feels like it’s falling apart. Really nice story!

  6. It’s great that she just took off even though she did not have a definite direction at the time. She just recognized the fact that her and her son needed to just go and experience a little change in their life. Wonderful story.

  7. What a desperate tear-jerker. Even while running with ‘nothing in the future’… love still wants great memories! Enjoyed the mother/son relationship! So glad you could participate this week. Hope to hear from you in Week #5.

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