Walk It Off – Flash Fiction

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Walk It Off

With anxiety at a high level I’m pacing the room unable to calm down.  Everything was fine until the call from James.  Why did I answer?  He aggravated me more than usual.

I have to get out of here and walk before I blow a gasket.

I’m halfway down the street before realizing I had no coat.  Shivering, I wandered.  Lonely as a cloud nine, because they are few and far between, well at least to me.  I really can’t remember the last time I was happy with James.  He is probably the most high maintenance man I have ever known.  I feel like I am constantly babying him. Ugh!

The night time streets are empty and I am grateful for the solitude.  I’ll walk until I can cool off and then head home with a clearer head.

James is in the rear-view mirror.

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Lillian is hosting Prosery Monday at D'Verse and has prompted us with
the famous line "I wandered lonely as a cloud" from William Wordsworth's 
famous poem.  We are to use the line in its entirety with words in that order, although they may be punctuated. Prosery is a piece of flash fiction no more than 144 words excluding the title.

  31 comments for “Walk It Off – Flash Fiction

  1. March 16, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    James is not only troublesome, he is beginning to feel a little menacing. Maybe they will kiss and make up? Or maybe she will give him a knee to the groin 😉

    • Christine Bolton
      March 16, 2022 at 6:14 pm

      Lol Lisa! A knee in the groin 🤣 I think she’ll just walk away and change her phone number.

      • March 16, 2022 at 6:17 pm

        🙂

  2. March 15, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    Phew – high maintenance man!

    • Christine Bolton
      March 15, 2022 at 11:56 pm

      Yes! Who needs that? 😧💕

  3. March 15, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    Walk it off and walk away. Good!

    • Christine Bolton
      March 16, 2022 at 12:01 am

      Yes for sure Susan ☺️💕

    • Christine Bolton
      March 16, 2022 at 7:59 am

      Good idea Susan! He was in the rear view mirror getting further and further away ☺️💕

      • March 16, 2022 at 8:00 am

        😁 That’s how I interpreted it.

  4. March 15, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    The last line is scary. Some demons never leave.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 16, 2022 at 12:01 am

      It’s ok he was getting further and further away ☺️💕👍

      • March 16, 2022 at 12:33 am

        ☺️☺️

  5. March 15, 2022 at 11:04 am

    Hope she gets away. He brings stress.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 16, 2022 at 12:00 am

      Absolutely! ☺️💕

  6. March 15, 2022 at 9:41 am

    You gave ‘cloud nine’ a whole new meaning! 😊

    • Christine Bolton
      March 16, 2022 at 12:00 am

      Thank you Punam! Im just glad it made sense 🤣

  7. March 15, 2022 at 9:34 am

    Love that cloud nine detail! And that last sentence, “James is in the rear view mirror” can be read in many ways….he’s always there…..he’s stalking me……he’s back there and I’ll need to face it….etc.
    Like this one very much!

    • Christine Bolton
      March 16, 2022 at 12:03 am

      Thanks so much Lillian. He is definitely getting further away. I’m happy the line worked here ☺️💕

  8. March 15, 2022 at 9:27 am

    James is always going to be trouble, she should dump him like a hot potato.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 16, 2022 at 12:11 am

      I agree skim! Lol 🤣

  9. March 15, 2022 at 8:10 am

    Christine, it’s a small detail, but adding the word ‘nine’ really does add some much-appreciated nuance!

    -David

    • Christine Bolton
      March 15, 2022 at 8:35 am

      Thanks David. I was hoping it would work without looking too contrived ☺️💕

      • March 15, 2022 at 8:36 am

        not contrived at all (to me)

      • Christine Bolton
        March 15, 2022 at 8:46 am

        Thanks David ☺️💕

  10. Anonymous
    March 15, 2022 at 12:50 am

    Hmm..maybe not a good match. I like the way you broke up the line and the reference to “cloud 9” was unique.

    • Anonymous
      March 15, 2022 at 12:51 am

      ~Mish~
      Sorry, trouble with posting. 🙂

      • Christine Bolton
        March 15, 2022 at 8:37 am

        I have the same trouble sometimes! Thanks Mish ☺️

    • Christine Bolton
      March 15, 2022 at 8:37 am

      Thanks so much! I’m happy it worked ☺️💕

  11. March 15, 2022 at 12:03 am

    James seems too much work! Nicely written Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      March 15, 2022 at 8:38 am

      Thank you Sadje ☺️💕

      • March 15, 2022 at 8:54 am

        You’re welcome my friend

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