#Three Line Tales: Second thoughts

For Sonya’s Three Line Tales writing prompt.

photo by Philippe Mignot via Unsplash


Dawn on the quay; he’d seen it so many times before as he trudged, head bent to the cobbles, on his way to work, but this morning he seemed to see it for the first time.

They were already there, waiting up ahead for him, but he slowed his steps, watching the play of the first rays of light on the rippling water, making the damp stone glitter.

They were leaving, it was decided, so there was no going back, but suddenly he felt a catch in his throat, his vision blurred, and he wondered, if the others had been late, would he not have turned around and walked back home through the early morning splendour?

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

11 thoughts on “#Three Line Tales: Second thoughts”

  1. Don’t we always wonder just a that last minute, those last few steps? Woulda, Coulda… but I am glad I read it Jane. there is a lot in those three lines.

    1. It’s a thought that nags at me too. All those decisions that meant turning my back on something worthwhile. You can never know if what you broke was better than what you have left.

      1. The more complicated you make your life, the more you fill your time with different things, the easier it is to feel that you’re going somewhere. Pare it all back and you’re left with what you think you wanted. Woe betide you if it isn’t!

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