Far away from home as she knew it – a short story
How far from home had she travelled?
Who knew, and in the end, who really cared as long as she’d arrived safely?
All she knew was that she had left her old world behind. The water filled, floating world inside her carrier was long gone.
This was now her home.
A new world in which to start over again, blissfully ignorant of what lay ahead.
Starting over was always like this, a bit of a thrill and yet slightly sickening at the same time.
Her old home had been comfortable, a safe place in the end but she couldn’t stay much longer.
Space in the womb had been getting a bit tight lately so she knew it was getting close to the BIG DAY but suddenly there was all this pressure and she was pulled unceremoniously from her safe cocoon.
Life would never be the same again, for her, or this new family she’d been gifted to.
She’d come a long way from being a little zygote in her carrier; she’d grown quite big feeding whenever she felt like it, doing somersaults and spinning around and around. She’d enjoyed sending messages by kicking and pushing against the walls inside, not knowing if they’d been understood or not, but it sure had been fun!
And so now she had arrived, ready to be loved, looked after and showered with kisses. (But only on the head, it wasn’t considered good form to kiss a new one anywhere near the mouth as germs were the new enemy on the outside!!)
Life would never be the same again, every day a new journey with unimaginable experiences to take in and store away for later in her memory bank.
Growing was the main concern, sleeping and eating now the main objectives of each day. Trying to understand what she wanted and then communicating it to her new carers, was proving difficult but it was always like this in the early days.
They’d eventually get it right, they looked bright, clever young things up for the challenge of the next few decades of looking after her.
Her new life had just begun. She’d travelled a long way to get there and she was sure going to enjoy this new stage of being.
There was only one worry and that was the strange woman who kept taking photos of her, kissing her and wanting cuddles, hopefully she’d settle down after a while….
The prompt, in Lorna’s words: Since this week is a bit weird, and time is a bit weird, this week’s prompt is: How far have you travelled from home?
As I write about travel a lot, I decided to respond to this in a completely different way. I really enjoyed writing this one and I have decided that wherever possible I will call on my creative writing skills for these prompts. It’s good to challenge yourself and move outside your comfort zone sometimes. I hope you enjoyed reading it too!
I loved the first writing and photo challenge, A sepia toned fall memory and wrote a short creative piece here, A New World Order as Autumn takes over
Please let me know what you think of my response to this prompt. I always enjoy hearing from you and appreciate you joining the conversation.
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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