FFftPP: Trapped

The millionaire eagerly accepted the curse of immortality.

He buried his parents, his siblings, his friends but shook away that sickening feeling inside.

He never married. He repeatedly told himself that no one was ever good enough, but deep down it was the fear of seeing his wife and kids grow old and die, that shaped his decision.

Decades passed and he put aside any apprehensions of his everlasting life by clutching firm the pocket watch of eternity and kept reminding himself of the gift yearned by so many.

He never stayed in one place too long, afraid of attracting any suspicion. Then one day he found himself feeling desperately lonely. Sitting at an outdoor cafe, watching families walk by, anniversaries being celebrated, fathers swinging kids onto their shoulders, selfies clicked…he glanced sadly back at his immeasurably long life, devoid of any meaningful memories.

He walked to the forest nearby, took out the glinting pocket watch, threw it to the ground and smashed it with his heal.

His entire world spun as he felt a rush within, his body growing older, weaker. He crumbled to the ground and with a small smile on his wrinkled face whispered, “I’m free.”

For Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner

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Author: Ugly Aphrodite (Available on Amazon Kindle) Ah, the need to get your thoughts out there! Happy reading folks!
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8 Responses to FFftPP: Trapped

  1. Singledust says:

    its amazing what happens when we break the chains that bind us….i really loved the story and the way you told it….

    • swritings says:

      Thank you so much! Yes, that’s so true, we trap ourselves so easily in any situation for selfish or maybe fearful reasons, when all one needs to do is break free. Thank you for reading! 🙂

  2. 1kayaker says:

    Very thoughtful story. Thank you for sharing

  3. any1mark66 says:

    Very well done. Good idea of a time piece keeping our going. 😀

  4. mandibelle16 says:

    Very well written. You can see his gradual realization, eternal life alone, is something awful. In the end, you can really feel how relieved he is to age and die. As if, that’s a gift 🙂

    • swritings says:

      Thank you. Yes, such ‘gifts’ always come with a price! No matter how much we try to delay, this life isn’t forever and he finally realized this is how it should be.

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