Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Entry #48

The Right Decision
by Pernille Novotni Lidell

The wind is blowing in my hair as I look at the sun setting. I know that it is now or never. My stuff is packed in boxes and I have the most important things in my backpack.

I drive up the road and stop at the red light. I look over my shoulder. Is this going to be the last time I will ever see my hometown? I feel the tears in my eyes. Could it be the wind?

The light turns green, but I am frozen on the spot. Have I made the right decision? Am I out of my mind? I hear horns honk behind me and I start driving again.

I stop at Starbucks for a cup of coffee and a final thought. As I pay for the coffee his picture falls out of my wallet. He smiles at me and I can’t help smiling back. At this moment there is no doubt in my heart. I am leaving home to be with him no matter what it takes.

I drive into the sunset filled with excitement knowing that I might be out of my mind, but at the same time knowing that I am true to my heart.


Sheri Perl-Oshins said...

Very nice touch with the picture falling out of the wallet - tells us what we need to know without being expository. And I love the last line. Nicely done!

Esther Avila said...

Have to follow the heart. Very sweet. I wish I had that courage, leave it all and follow my heart. Someday. Thank you for this.

Leaving at sunset - so symbolic and adds to the beauty of it too.

And I like it that this can mean different things too. At first I thought the person she was joining might be deceased. And she was joining him for all eternity. But when she smiled at the picture and talked about following her heart, and I see them both alive...with a happy ever after to follow.

Very nice.

BernardL said...

Well done upbeat take on the picture.

Sarah Hina said...

I like how her indecision resolves itself once she sees his picture. Love is a powerful motivator.

A very sweet, hopeful take on the picture. We needed one of those! :)

Nicely done.

Scott said...

And here I thought she was running away from a relationship when all along she was running towards one. Nice!

JaneyV said...

Out of my mind but true to my heart

Great sentiment, well written. I liked the balance of this very much. Nice story!

Anonymous said...

Thank you all for you comments. It is my first time joining a contest, so your comments means a lot.

Hopefully it does not shine through that English is not my first language (I am from Denmark).

Anonymous said...

I liked the voice in this tale.

I wasn't sure of the biker's gender. Makes a big difference in the interpretation of this tale.

Missy said...

I love the breakthrough moment with the picture. Very sweet.

laughingwolf said...

awwww so sweet!

Sameera Ansari said...


Love's labor is never lost :)

Anonymous said...

A little extra shove to get the new chapter in life underway. that rings true.