Fading from view

foggy beach with people

She is quite ordinary.

A middle-aged, work-from-home mother of two adult children, married to her college sweetheart, living in a small rancher in small-town America, with a cat and a dog, and more debt than can be paid off in her lifetime.

She spends her days puttering around an empty home, dusting the same bookcase and vacuuming the same strip of carpet over and over. Her only excitement is earning double-digit coupon savings at the local grocery store.

Only lately, she’s been feeling a little peculiar.

Gazing into the mirror each morning, she notices that she has begun to disappear.

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I believe all good fiction includes an element of truth, and all good photography includes an element of fantasy. In this journal I hope to give voice to the stories swirling around in my head, and to capture the images I see through my camera’s lens.

22 thoughts on “Fading from view

  1. As others have said… that last line… brutal… in a good way… it makes you think. Nicely done! I’m so glad you re-started the challenge. Such a great exercise and connection to the community.


  2. Wow, what a punch you can pack into 100 words. I would say I commiserate with that fading-away sensation, but that would imply that I ever felt visible to begin with. Your words carry much weight, here.

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  3. The last line caused me to pause. I have been her. I am so loving all the “friends” I am seeing here. Thank you so much, first, for your gorgeous portrayal of losing oneself, and second, for hosting all of us crazies!!!

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  4. It is so easy to lose who we are, to lose what makes us each unique and special. You have captured that dread feeling of being trapped in a tedious existance with no way out. As many have said, your closing line is a beauty! 🙂

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  5. That last line packed a whallop. Wow.

    P.S. I feel like I’m back among friends over here!! I go into the hospital on Monday, and I don’t know when I’ll be able to move my arms, but I will definitely be back!

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  6. You never fail to make me love your writing. I certainly relate with this character even though I don’t yet have an empty nest, I feel what she is feeling, especially in that last line. Powerful.


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