Quicksand [fffc]

Sunset bicycle dog

The evening feels enchanted, with a glorious sunset, a full moon, and possibilities glowing on the horizon.

Nights this magnificent materialize with the expectation that anything might happen ~ a spark, a flame, an explosion ~ and her whole world could change, even on this routine bike ride with her trusty canine companion.

A refugee from fate, she stares at the stars and wonders if they’re finally arranged in just the right order to lure her back into the game, but all she sees are puzzles that she no longer has the skill to solve.

As they pass a familiar hill, a kaleidoscope of images swirls across her mind screen and she begins to feel dysfunctional, lacking any ability to make sense of her past or sort out her future ~ what is this madness called life anyway, she ponders.

“Woof,” barks Tarot, forcing her back into the moment, and she retrieves a poop bag from the roll in her backpack, grateful that paying attention to this basic necessity has terminated her philosophical gyrations.

As they head home, she considers the idea of stopping for an ice cream, but there are so many choices ~ Decadent Fudge Swirl, Salted Caramel Bliss, Strawberry Dreamboat, etc. ~ that she passes up the treat altogether before she trips into a new pit of mental quicksand.

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Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge and Denise’s Six Sentence Story.

15 responses to “Quicksand [fffc]

  1. Anxiety and stress can lead you into mental quicksand, and the more you struggle to rid yourself of anxious feelings, the worse it gets.

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  2. Great take Paula. Life with its mundane tasks pulls us back from getting too philosophical.

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  3. Sentence #3 will speak volumes to some. Not only of the way is formed but mainly due to the reflection it creates.
    True, honest writing, Paula.

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  4. It is good that there are distractions from “philosophical gyrations” and pits of “mental quicksand”, The “Salted Caramel Bliss” flavor sounds worth trying.

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  5. apropos…good six…it’s been a week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Some days it’s harder than others to conquer the “monkey mind,” all over the forest, and can’t see the forest for the trees.

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  7. You walked us through a kaleidoscope of emotions in six brief sentences, from a world of possibilities to doubt to a return to the mundane. I enjoyed reading this.

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