The End of Duty

PHOTO PROMPT -Copyright - Jan Wayne Fields
Photo Credit: Jan Wayne Fields

The writing desk called to me, reminding me of bills to pay. I looked away from it. My life up to this point had been filled with duty and rules. I have always done what is expected of me. And what have I received in return? Even more responsibility while my dear siblings lived their lives to the full. I glanced once again at the well-worn desk. It was time I put duty aside and do what would bring me fulfillment. I picked up my coat and walked out the door.

What do you think the character is going to do?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This is my first attempt at writing for the Friday Fictioneers photo prompt. The story needs to be told in 100 words or less.)

59 thoughts on “The End of Duty

  1. I think that after a brief vacation, she will be back to doing her duty because she seems to be that kind of person. If she walks away from it, she will feel an emptiness and some sort of guilt. But walking away for a bit will let her find out who she is and when she does, she will no longer envy her siblings for their kind of life. 🙂


  2. He stepped in to the morning sun intent on heading to the park watch peaople and get new ideas for a novel he is secretly writing, However, he does not notice the man near the corner leaning on a streetlamp watching him…

    Thank you for for the cool photo and sharing a blurb. Got my mind jump started. 🙂


  3. I love this Colline. I imagine him putting on his coat, hat, and taking a few slices of bread in his pocket to sit on a bench quietly, enjoying the serenity of a pond and to feed the ducks. ❤


  4. If that was me, I’d be walking out the door with my camera, looking to capture the beauty of nature. 😆 I love that writing desk. Great photo and story Colline. You are so good at this! 😀 ♥ Hugs ♥


  5. Dear Colline,

    Welcome to Friday Fictioneers.

    It sounds like your character is ready to have a life of her own. I think she’ll pursue her own dreams whatever they may be. Nicely done.




  6. sounds like a good time to drive over to the hairdresser for a new look and maybe get her nails done. she sounds too dedicated deep down inside to go away for a long time.


  7. Colline, Welcome to Friday Fictioneers! Good story and well written. Since she’s been responsible all that time, I agree that she’ll feed the need to go on with her duties. However, she now realizes she needs something more. I think she’ll add something interesting to her days. 🙂 —Susan


  8. Well the beautiful old writing desk and chair, set the scene for the ending to your story.
    The elderly gentleman settled his affairs with his siblings, laid his pen down and caught the next ship out of Southhampton, he travelled for six months on a schooner, around the Cape of Good Hope, finally reaching the South American port of Valparaiso.
    He began a career in exporting and importing and became a very rich man.
    Years later he reestablished connections with his siblings, who had become rich in their own right.
    Years later they reunited in Rome and recalled their childhood love as they threw three coins in the fountain.
    Just my imagination going wild Colline.
    Emu aka Ian


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