Turning

August Prairie

Jim knew that random stuff couldn’t all be his fault. Some of it was bad luck. And as for the rest, he intended to get even with Mark and his girlfriend Denise for dodging their involvement by witnessing against him.

The judge sentenced him to thirty years saying that at Jim’s age that would give him a good chunk of the rest of his life to think it over and give the community respite from his stony heart.

After two of those decades Jim was surprised to hear that first Mark and later Denise both died from natural causes. In his own last years he forgot all about luck and wished he could have seen either of them once again to tell them how sorry he was for wasting their lives.


Linked to GirlieOnTheEdge’s Six Sentence Story with the prompt word “random”.

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Life From a Stone Prison

Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

34 thoughts on “Turning”

  1. Sometimes it takes a lot of living and thinking to see the situation as it was. Good use of the prompt in your SSS. As to the grass in the picture, I recognize it, and those roots go deep, deep enough to flourish even in prison.

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    1. Initially I didn’t think they would have such regrets, but I wonder if I developed the story further, it might be worthwhile to allow them to struggle with regrets and yearning for forgiveness as well. Thank you!

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