One More Day

Smoky, slatted sunlight lay in lines across the staring face. Soon, only a muted glowing shone there as the associated hand pulled the blinds closed again. *Snap*

He’d said he’d be different; for one more day. That had been a gigantic step, vocalizing. Into the dark of night and mind he’d stood and whispered, “Tomorrow, I go out.”

A laugh escaped the lips. Whose, he did not know; but then, he did. A distant memory of non-lined sunlight views and happier company than his own filtered to recollection.

Then; he was sure he’d laughed. Then; she had, too.


What came to me for Carrot Ranch‘s prompt this week: for one day.

July 25, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes the phrase “for one day.” The words single out a special occurrence. What is the emotion and vibe, where does it take place and why? Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by July 30, 2019. Use the comment section below to share, read, and be social. You may leave a link, pingback, or story in the comments. If you want to be published in the weekly collection, please use the form.  Rules & Guidelines.


Photo Credit:
Ethan Sykes


©2019 Chelsea Owens

27 thoughts on “One More Day

  1. johnlmalone July 28, 2019 / 11:58 pm

    a terrific mood piece; you’ve accomplished a lot in a tiny space

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  2. masercot July 29, 2019 / 3:28 am

    Being agoraphobic does involve a lot of broken promises to one’s self and loved ones…

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    • Chelsea Owens July 29, 2019 / 9:29 am

      Indeed. Mix a shot of depression and a spritz of bereavement and he’s lucky to open the blinds.

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  3. H.R.R. Gorman July 29, 2019 / 7:11 am

    Vocalizing is a big step. That realization and willingness to speak to it often leads to more verifiable successes!

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  4. Norah July 30, 2019 / 6:04 am

    Intriguing, Chelsea, and interesting response. Sounds like he’s known better times but is gathering his strength for better times, hopefully, ahead.

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    • Chelsea Owens July 30, 2019 / 6:57 am

      I hope so. I think I’ve caught him while he’s still just making it each day.

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      • Norah July 30, 2019 / 9:29 pm

        Seems that way. I hope his life becomes more enjoyable.

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  5. Jules July 30, 2019 / 10:33 am

    Packed quite a bit in this small piece. One small step every day… one can only hope for that some times.

    (My icon does not go to my open site. You have to go to the title link at CR or here for my contribution
    My Darling, … )

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  6. Charli Mills July 31, 2019 / 6:43 pm

    A big step to overcome the slatted view from inside, and well-told. I especially like how you wove the laughs into the story.

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    • Chelsea Owens July 31, 2019 / 7:30 pm

      Thank you, Charli. Are you a home owner yet?


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