An earthy story based on Carrot Ranch’s April 22 Flash Fiction Challenge, which is:
April 22, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about earthing. Put a character’s hands, feet or body and soul into the earth. Who needs recharging? What happens between the interaction? Go where the prompt leads!
A Pause in the Rush to Keep Up
by Dave Williams
News said it was popular and she thought Why not? so she went to a creek trail and normally she would’ve felt happy inside the weekend crowd but not now so she went Monday (work was slow) and the walk was quieter, a pause from pre-Covid trend-flitting: coffee shops wine bars brunch cafes fusion restaurants new movies.
Seeing someone else do it inspired her to sit on a stone amid the creek, eyes closed. Listen. Water birds wind.
Her own idea: remove shoes and socks, barefoot in the creek. Feel. Chilly water smooth pebbles. Life underneath trends.
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