The Way Comes But Once

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My backpack hung heavy in my hands as if it could anchor me to the ground. I moved like a ghost down the hall, stopping at each of our children’s rooms to peer in. Imagining their faces in the morning when they realized that they were alone broke my heart. I was abandoning them.

“I don’t want to do this.” I murmured.

My husband’s harsh whisper erupted from beside me, his voice bitter. “Shut up- you don’t have a choice any more. None of us do.” He had never forgiven me for not telling him about this day before I got pregnant.

Together we joined Jim, Rachel and a shell-shocked Ronnie in our living room.

Rachel smiled serenely. “This is what we’ve been waiting for. You know they can’t come. They’d be trapped there forever.”

“Who has the directions?” Jim asked.

Ronnie shook her head and clutched two bottles of cheap wine to her chest as if they could take the place of the twins she was leaving behind.

“Just follow the second star to the right and head straight on ’til morning, right?” My husband sighed.

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  1. Avatar Robert Quick

    ‘The Way’ by Fastball.

  2. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Great take on the song for the challenge. It’s not at all what I envisioned when I always listened to the song, but it really puts a tragic spin on it all, tragic for parents and kids alike. Totally awesome, right down to the allusion to tell what you’re imagining as their destination.

  3. Avatar madiloveszombies

    Different from all of the other stories entered in the challenge. It’s a bit sad how the parents are leaving their children, and I’m curious as to where the parents end up in the quest. Great story!