Our Affliction (5)- A Clean Slate

Hello everyone! I hope you’re staying safe. We’re doing things a bit differently this week. The rules for the Weekend Writing Warriors has relaxed, allowing posts to be longer (if desired). The first half is the usual 8-10 line snippets and there’s a little extra after if you want to read a bit more. For the new visitors, make sure you visit this week’s participants to discover more from these lovely and talented people.

Due to technical difficulties (aka me…I’m the technical difficulty) last week’s link wasn’t correct. You can find it here. This week we find Natalie, our second main character, in her dorm room. After a brief conversation with her bubbly roommate Natalie is left alone to unpack. Here she contemplates her new life at a new school.

Opening the second wardrobe I’m met with a sparse space with two bobby pins and a brown button to greet me. I hang my freshly pressed clothes and they fall limp in the hanger; taking up less than half of the space. But it didn’t matter- for the first time in years I had more than two worn out dresses. These are new. A clean slate. The evening sun shines it’s last rays through the window illuminating my Ma’s golden locket hanging on a hook on the door.  Inside is a picture of her and Da when they married and a photo of me as a babe. The smooth surface begs for my fingers to caress it. They itch from inside the gloves but I must resist. That memory is too strong. 

Here ends the 10 line snippet. The conclusion of the scene is below.

I gaze out the window resting my arms on the ledge. The campus is surrounded by a red multicolored forest. From here I see the winding gravel paths which leads to the main buildings and across from me is the boys dorm. My stomach tightens,  this is the first time, in seven years, I’m with boys my age. I’ve seen men, my doctors, but not boys. What do I say to them? Maybe they’ll just ignore me tomorrow and I won’t have ta worry. They boys playing catch on the grass share the same coat as the boys who watched me from the road. The one, with grey eyes and black hair seemed familiar. The way it curled in the front reminds me of the neighborhood boy I used ta know. I don’t remember his name but he had a kind smile. He was nice. But that seems like a world away.

Thanks for all the comments and feedback so far. I appreciate it! Come back next week for more intrigue and drama as the two MC’s finally meet. Until next time, be safe out there. 

*Previously titled: Locked Away

Update: Full Prologue can be found here

17 thoughts on “Our Affliction (5)- A Clean Slate

  1. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Hmm, I wonder if it is the same boy from her past. Seems like this will be a fresh start for her, but will the secret she carries be discovered. I’m intrigued by this story!

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  2. nancygideon

    Nice scene, Brittany! Invokes all the right emotions from an outsider looking in. Can’t wait to meet the boy from her past.!

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  3. Cara Hartley

    Beautiful and mysterious! Some memories are painful and stay with us until the end of our lives.
    ~Cie from Naughty Netherworld Press~


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