Hi everyone! Today is a deviation from my typical posts, but I really enjoyed the Writing 101 prompt and decided to try my hand at it. Here’s the prompt and my attempt at the Day 5 challenge.
Prompt: You stumble upon a random letter on the path. You read it. It affects you deeply, and you wish it could be returned to the person to which it’s addressed. Write a story about this encounter. Today’s twist: Approach this post in as few words as possible.
Walking down a path in the still summer twilight, I stumble upon an unopened ivory envelope in the grass. Though it is early evening and the sun has just started to set, I’m the only person on the hiking trail. The envelope is sealed with a light pink sticker shaped like a starfish and is addressed to Avielle, written sloppily in cursive. Curious about what the envelope contains (and hoping it will help me find the owner), I break the seal and unfold the thin piece of paper inside.
“Avie—for you, always for you. Time to wow the world.
afraid. lonely. excited. anxious.
will things ever be The Same?
They change– inevitably.
the earth will turn and wars will be fought and the leaves will fall and the sun will rise and this life will surprise you in beautiful and terrible ways you haven’t imagined.
so say goodbye to your Past,
because tomorrow is your future. ready or
Go fly, Avie. I’ll be here waiting in the nest when you come back.”
I am dismayed that Avielle did not open the poem– she deserves to know that her poet is encouraging her to spread her wings and change her future. She, just like the majority of us, would be reassured that she is always able to return home, no matter how far she flies from the nest. I fold up the paper and reseal the ivory envelope, carefully replacing the pink starfish. I place it on a tree stump halfway down the hilly path, hoping that Avielle will eventually come back for what she left behind.