Decision Re-imagined: A 99-word Flash

With the start of the new year, Carrot Ranch’s first prompt for 2019 was “looking back” and this is the pedometer geek’s take on the theme in 99 words (no more, no less).

Decision Re-imagined

Annie looked back on some decisions all the time, but only one continued to haunt her. In retrospect, she wished she had taken a chance; to be someone other than what she was: an insecure, flat-chested, spectacles-wearing, brace face freshman.

Annie remembers the autumn day in study hall when Dave, a junior, asked her to homecoming. She wanted to go, but worried this was a joke, she turned him down. If only she could have set her fears aside, acted confident, and laughed it off as a joke if otherwise, then she would have a night to remember, always.

Nancy Brady

January, 2019

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About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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7 Responses to Decision Re-imagined: A 99-word Flash

  1. Jules says:

    I think Annie’s caution was admirable. Some guys that age… well it could have been a bad joke.
    Moving forward is the key though.

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  2. Thanks, Jules. Looking back is not always the thing to do, and moving forward is necessary. It is the woulda, coulda, shoulda that drive a person crazy.


  3. Nice bookends to the same decision tree.

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  4. Thanks, Michael, for your kind comment. It was harder to write the male perspective, and not sure it came across as well as the first, but if I want to improve my writing, I have to start thinking from a different perspective. ~nan


  5. calmkate says:

    Michael says it well … like this snapshot of a very awkward time for teens πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

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