A Reason To Live

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

The lights of the Ferris wheel reminded her of happier times: laughter, companionship, love. The echoes of the past stifled her and she wished for the strength to end her life. Hugging her wasted body, she turned away from human contact and shuffled towards the empty shell of her home. She had to find a way to lift herself out of this depression and the constant thoughts of her loss. Her husband had been her anchor and without him she felt adrift. What she needed was a reason to live, to get up everyday. What she needed was a child.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post was inspired by Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle. The challenge asks for bloggers to write a story in 100 words or less in response to the photo prompt.)

22 thoughts on “A Reason To Live

  1. Nice.. Saddle a kid with the responsibility of making its mother’s life worth living. Sad to say I think this happens way too much, this seeking redemption at all cost.. Very well done.


    1. Thank you Violet.
      The upside is that having a child does give a mother a reason to push through the day and to see the positive side. Though, as you suggest, it doesn’t always happen. 😔


  2. Well written story, Colline. I always wonder how people manage to put all their reason for living into another. It is a concept that shall always remain foreign to me.


  3. You described the woman’s grief and pain clearly. I would hope she would find some other avenues of help before she decides to–adopt? Or is she pregnant? That’s a huge burden to put on a child.


  4. Beginning of an interesting story, with a future to be discovered and a past to be explained, could be a great three part series running down a couple of generations to a finale, great beginning Colline.


    1. I agree. And I have seen some women go through terrible things but focusing on their children’s well-being has given them the strength to get through it.


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