Fiction: The Choice (320 Words)

25 Sep

“You knew, didn’t you?” At first it seemed like she was talking to the empty air, but then the curly-haired man seemed to materialize out of the shadows, his hands in his pockets, looking appropriately ashamed of himself.  “You always knew that it would come down to this; that this was the choice that had to be made and I was going to have to make it.”

“I hoped I was wrong,” he offered in his defense.  “I always hoped that it wouldn’t come to this.”  He stepped towards her and put a hand gently on her shoulder. “I’m your big brother. Of course I was hoping I would protect you from all this.”

“What do you think I should do, Zeke? I don’t want to hurt anyone, but that’s not really an option here.  No matter what—a lot of people are going to get hurt. What do I chose?”

“I can’t answer that, Lil. You’ve just got to take your best guess—pick your best option and hope those you do hurt can forgive you.”  He gave her shoulder a little squeeze, and she wished with all her heart she was four years old again and he was about to swing her up over his shoulders for a piggy back ride—but wishing doesn’t change the world.  “Just know whatever you decide, I will support you.”

‘Thanks, Zeke.”  She shrugged his hand off her shoulder.  “Go home, Zeke.  I have a lot to think about on my own.”

“Are you sure? Because I could—“   but she cut him off with a look.  “Right. Of course.  I’ll see you at home, Lil.” And he disappeared just as quickly as he’d come.

Lil let herself fall apart for a second, just a second, but then she rolled her shoulders back and stood up straight.  It was her choice. That was done, now she just had to decide what she was going to do.

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