The Journey – Flash Fiction

The Journey

The sky was grey and the rain continued falling in bottomless buckets.  

“Oh this is so dreary Mimi.  I can’t stand it anymore”, said Alison moving away from the window.

“I feel like I am stuck in this place forever”

She had been in New York for six months and was still searching for the right job and continued to struggle making new friends.

“Now child, what is your problem?’ asked Alison’s grandmother. “You’ve moped around this apartment all day”

“I am in a job I hate, and I swear, if I am left sitting at another Starbucks waiting to be stood up yet again, I will just scream.  What is the point?” she whined.

Mimi thought carefully.  “Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end.  Alison, you just need to remember, it is the journey, not the destination.”

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Meal is hosting D’Verse Poets Prosery Monday and has prompted us with writing a piece of Flash Fiction of no more than 144 words, excluding the title, using the line “Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end” taken from Jo Harjo’s “A Map to the Next World.”

Image by Kevin Phillips from Pixabay 

  30 comments for “The Journey – Flash Fiction

  1. January 25, 2022 at 4:22 am

    Absolutely true! Love your content!🙂 🤍

    • Christine Bolton
      January 25, 2022 at 8:42 am

      Thank you very much ☺️

  2. June 17, 2021 at 11:12 am

    Thanks I needed this reminder!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 18, 2021 at 8:29 am

      My pleasure! Thanks for reading ☺️🌺

  3. sanaarizvi
    June 14, 2021 at 9:45 am

    I absolutely love this! Yes, “it is the journey, not the destination.” 💝💝

    • Christine Bolton
      June 15, 2021 at 9:44 am

      Thank you Sanaa ☺️🌺

  4. June 10, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Yes, the journey not the end, the wisdom of the ages to embrace.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 10, 2021 at 1:43 pm

      I wonder why it takes some so long to discover that Paul 🤔

  5. June 9, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    Alison’s grandmother sounds like a wise woman! Thank you.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 9, 2021 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks Merril ☺️

      • June 9, 2021 at 5:04 pm

        You’re welcome!

  6. June 8, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Her Granny knew best, my Granny always knew best. A charming bit of prose!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 8, 2021 at 1:38 pm

      Thank you Helen. They always do don’t they? ☺️🌺

  7. June 8, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Wise words spoken by Grandmother here Christine 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      June 8, 2021 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks Ingrid ☺️🌺

  8. June 8, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Alison’s journey is not turning out all that well and it looks like she my never reach her intended destination. Nice story Christine.

  9. June 8, 2021 at 7:39 am

    Thank God for Gammys, eh?

    • Christine Bolton
      June 8, 2021 at 1:42 pm

      Yes they are the best Ron ☺️

  10. June 8, 2021 at 5:35 am

    Christine, this made me smile. You know, there are different personality types – some are more journey-oriented and some are more-destination oriented. 😀


    • Christine Bolton
      June 8, 2021 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks for reading David. Those who focus only on the destination will get there for her but they may not like what they have chosen. It is the journey that guides our decisions, no? ☺️🌺💕

  11. June 8, 2021 at 1:55 am

    Enjoy the journey because the destination might be disappointing.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 8, 2021 at 11:59 am

      Oh isn’t that the truth sometimes! 🤣

  12. June 8, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Great words of wisdom.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 8, 2021 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks Sadje ☺️🌺💕

      • June 8, 2021 at 12:24 pm

        You’re welcome 😉

  13. June 7, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Your use of the prompt made for a wonderfully revealing story about the nature of life! Well done.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 8, 2021 at 12:32 am

      Thanks Dora! I really appreciate it. We all get so hung up on where we are supposed to be going that we forget about the journey. That is where the memories are made ☺️🌺

  14. June 7, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Yes it is… The journey is our reality! Well done. Great story and use of the prompt!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 7, 2021 at 11:28 pm

      Thank you Dwight! I’m so happy you liked it ☺️🌺

      • June 8, 2021 at 9:51 am

        You are welcome!

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