Running Away

People talk about leaving all the time. They imagine themselves in the countryside somewhere, where the trees seem to shelter them from the real world. They’ve abandoned those office jobs and responsibilities, and they’re finally free.

Looking out across the evening waters now, though, trees on every side and a complete sense of isolation beginning to overwhelm me, I realise the cold, hard truth of the matter.

It’s a lovely idea, and perhaps it’s natural to want to escape from the stresses of a busy life, but, when it comes to it, it’s not so simple a thing – running away.

Credit: Roger Bultot

Word Count: 100

I know I haven’t taken part in this particular competition in a fair while now, but I often find that I want to fully engage with the photos that I use as prompts, and that’s not always possible to do with every photo.

Regardless, thank you so much for reading what is my latest attempt at Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers challenge! I hope that you enjoyed this story; if you did, please feel free to like, comment, share, et cetera… et cetera… et cetera. Thanks again for stopping by, and please remember to click on the blue froggy to view more takes on this prompt. 

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    It is a lovely idea sometimes – I’d settle for a quiet holiday to myself! Well written Emily.

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    1. Emily says:

      Thank you, Iain! It really is – although is it just the idea that we find appealing?

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  2. Varad says:

    Tried it! Next to impossible. Nice one, Emily.

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    1. Emily says:

      Thank you, Varad. 🙂

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  3. I believe too it’s easier dreamt than done. We have grown accustomed to our creature comforts like lights, food, warm beds.
    When I tell people that we don’t have a TV, they wonder how we survive. ☺

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    1. Emily says:

      And now I’m wondering the same thing! You’re quite right, of course, we take it all for granted, which is why it would be so hard to ever leave it.

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  4. James says:

    People tend to gravitate to what they know, even if what they know is tedious and wearing at times. On the other hand, this is why we have vacations.

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    1. Emily says:

      Very true, James – I guess vacations are essentially temporary escapes.

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      1. James says:

        We crave the familiar, and spice that particular meal with the unfamiliar.

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  5. Dear Emily,

    The grass is greener on the other side. How many leave the countryside for the excitement of the city? Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Emily says:

      Thanks, Rochelle! 🙂

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  6. Sandra says:

    Running away works in both directions, equally traumatic too.

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    1. Emily says:

      Very true, Sandra. I guess running away equates to finding a different situation.

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  7. Running away is fine as long remember the route back just in case. Delightfully different Emily.

    Click to read my FriFic!

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    1. Emily says:

      Haha good point, Keith! You wouldn’t want to get lost!

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  8. Fluid Phrase says:

    Can you ever run away from ourselves, our fears, insecurities? Where can we hide? True thoughts that are so relatable.

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    1. Emily says:

      You’re right; perhaps we’re only ever trying to run away from yourselves! Thank you so much for the kind words :).

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  9. No, this is true. Because “running away” to get away from it all brings about another reality.

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    1. Emily says:

      Thanks, Sascha. It does – and I think our problems follow us, too.

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  10. granonine says:

    Running away seems a romantic and exciting thing to do—until you try it. Suddenly the romance isn’t so exciting. Lots of teens have found, to their surprise, that running away isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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    1. Emily says:

      That may be true – I think it’s all age groups that long for a change of scenery, though!

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  11. A story whose message seems to be: “The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, just greener, and in need of more cutting.” I enjoyed reading this, Emily, and look forward to reading more from you… your stories and your comments on other peoples’ stories, which in themselves tell our story. 😎

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    1. Emily says:

      Haha, thanks very much, Kelvin! That’s very true, and I’m glad you liked the story.

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