ORIGINAL FLASH FICTION FRIDAY - HOPSCOTCH
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Caroline Bock-BEFORE MY EYES

ORIGINAL FLASH FICTION FRIDAY - HOPSCOTCH

In the middle of hopscotch, I stopped, quivering, my legs wide open on the six and seven chalked on the driveway. Cool air scoured my knees. My face blanched. The nubs of my chest curled up. I flung the potsie off into the blue pine tree. I was too old for hopscotch. I wasn’t playing the game against anybody but myself.I was alone in the deep way that being outside in the pre-dawn in your nightgown and bare feet makes you alone.

I was losing the night. The dawn stretched across the end of the block, where the road curved away from our neighborhood, where a stream bounded a field, and flowed away. I had always wanted to know where that stream led, and maybe this weekend, I’d follow it, but who was I kidding? I had too many responsibilities to play the adventurer (or so I thought at fourteen). I shivered, the cold and light rooting into me. I forced myself to stand absolutely still; I could do this if I had to do.

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