Toward the Unknown (100 WCGU)

I have to thank Julia for the challenge this week, because I have been completely blocked, but as usual her challenge broke through a little. Please visit other people’s contribution, and join the challenge yourself.

Photograph by Steve Kramer


The rain turned the road into a river, and washed away any possibility of return. Rebecca did not care. She pulled her hood off and looked up, allowing the chilly drops to cleanse away the memories. Someday, she was sure, they would rebuild the road, but she would be long gone. Thanks to the storm, not even the Tracker would be able to follow. Every trace of her departure would be washed away down the road. They might even think that the flood had swallowed her. Rebecca smiled as she covered her head again, and turned away from the flood toward her destiny ahead.

39 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathryn McCullough
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 16:22:39

    Love the way the unknown here feels so full of possibility! Such an evocative image–the road washed away.


  2. Kathryn McCullough
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 16:23:18

    And the detail about covering her head is pitch perfect.


  3. Jfb57
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 17:31:35

    Now this has the potential for more. I really like it because although it is about devastation it is also about cleansing. Excellent mixture in the one piece!


  4. Sparks In Shadow
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 20:23:07

    I can see that in another light, she might want to go back, but somehow I feel it’s best that the road is gone now. That tracker sounds ominous and I’m glad she’s getting away.

    I agree with Julia.


  5. Andra Watkins
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 23:04:57

    Great un-blocking, Lisa.


  6. Miriam
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 01:31:18

    I do like the way you turn a potential disaster into a godsend.


  7. Older Mum (@Older_Mum)
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 07:24:23

    Loved this. What I liked about it so much was its sense of freedom – now that the rain has masked her identity her persuer, she now has the world at her feet.


  8. Middle-aged Matron
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 09:44:08

    Want to know more…


  9. enterprisegranLynda Dixon
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 15:02:59

    Lovely emotional piece which turns misfortune on its head and gives hope. Well written.


  10. Gilly Gee
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 15:27:35

    I also love the hood, it adds great imagery to this lovely piece.


  11. Lorraine ForT
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 16:34:56

    it would be lovely to disappear like this some days…nicely done!


  12. newpillowbook
    Jul 18, 2012 @ 14:44:52

    Very effective job of sketching the background – we don’t know much, but just enough to imagine why she’s running away. Nice. (And I like the way she smiles to realize they’ll think she drowned. No love lost there!)


  13. uwlalum
    Jul 19, 2012 @ 12:48:20

    Very mysterious! Makes me wonder why she is disappearing.


  14. Delft
    Jul 19, 2012 @ 14:00:56

    A great feeling of relief and calm here. Very atmospheric.


  15. Taochild
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 19:38:42

    An image formed asI read that. A little scene in a cloud. Nicely done!! And sorry I have not checked in in a while! 😀


  16. DancingInTheRain
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 16:42:33

    Very nicely written. She’s very lucky, isn’t she?


  17. Rachael 'Honest' Blair
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 17:23:52

    Lovely story. I love the line ‘Every trace of her departure would be washed away down the road.’ It’s very reassuring, calming. I want to know more about the tracker though!


  18. shadetheraven
    Jul 22, 2012 @ 13:59:52

    And off she goes into the wild blue yonder.
    I too would like to see this story expanded upon, as to what exactly drives this poor girl to walk away.


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