This week's Write On Edge prompt is all about choice and possible consequences. At first, I wasn't sure I'd be inspired, but a little thinking and an idea started to form.
The straight path split and curved into opposite directions. One went east where the sun rose and threw brilliant beams of yellow across the pink and blue sky. The other went west were the moon still hung low in a darkened and starlit sky. Both disappeared into the distance, what lay at the the paths end hidden.
A voice whispered on the wind and ruffled her hair, "Choose."
Like it was ever that simple, she thought.
"But it isssssss," the wind replied, drawing out the S. "All one must do is choose a path."
She barked out a bitter laugh. "Is that all? I just choose one and the chips will fall into place for me? Hardly. What lies at the end of the path is nothing compared to the journey between. Is the road smooth or bumpy? Will there be a river to cross? Who will I meet along the way? So many uncertainties between me and the end and I am to face it like a brave warrior. I am not brave. I am a terrified child who has no parent to give guidance or comfort. An orphan." She sighed. "Yet what choice do I have? What sort of life would I live if I stood here where I knew it was safe? Life would slip by me like a gentle flowing river, and I would never experience the thrill of the rapids downstream."
"See? I told you it was simple," the wind said with a sigh that made leaves dance around her feet and scamper down the paths. "Even the trees have chosen."
"And they are rooted to the ground," she whispered.
She looked at both paths again. To anyone else, she knew, the choice would be simple. Take the east path, the path bathed in light. But she was not anyone else and that was why the choice was not as simple as it claimed to be.
So what path would she choose?
Now it's your turn. In 400 words or less, write a story or memoir which relates to choices and/or consequences. Because of the word limits, you may choose to focus just on the choice, or just on the consequence. Remember to capture a moment using dialogue, action, and reaction.