My Sunday Photo Fiction Challenge!
And when the green man flashed for the third time, she was still standing on the sidewalk. Pedestrians jostled past, shopping bags grazed against her legs but she stood still. Then, right on cue, the throngs of people were stationary along with her.
Jessica took a deep breath and closed her eyes, even though everything was dark either way.
Now. And the crowds started moving to and fro once again.
Her timing was accurate, yet she continued to remain firmly rooted to her spot.
“Miss, would you like some help?”
She felt herself jerk to the sound of the voice.
“No-o, I…it’s fine,” she mumbled and felt herself turning red.
Why had he offered to help? Was this how it would be from now on? She hated her white cane even more, exposing her so mercilessly to the whole world.
Take the first step Jess, take it!
But willpower failed and she turned around and went inside the apartment just behind her.
She would try again tomorrow. Try to join the world so cruelly hidden from her after the disease hit. Try to take the first step across the road she had crossed countless times in her life full of light.