With a Broken Heart and 700 Miles to Empty

Mikey needed an escape. His girlfriend left him because he smothered her and acted on impulse, but if he knew he wanted to marry her after two weeks of dating, why wouldn’t he propose?

He couldn’t face seeing her with another man, so he drove twelve hours from Athens, Georgia to Toronto, only stopping for food and bathroom breaks.

He rented a run-down, textile mill turned apartment with a front door eight feet above the ground. The landlord promised to install a staircase, but with a snowstorm in the forecast, he suggested Mickey buy an ice axe and snow shoes.

word count: 100


Because there are people out there who really would move to a different country after a breakup… o_O

This is in response to Friday Fictioneers: write a story in 100 words or less using the provided photo prompt as inspiration.

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© Lauren Moscato
© Lauren Moscato


16 thoughts on “With a Broken Heart and 700 Miles to Empty

  1. A good little story, Nortina, and I agree, it could be nicely developed into something longer. Mikey does sound a rather over-impetuous guy, which makes me wonder what he’ll get up to next. 🙂 I really like the image you create in the final paragraph about all that snow. I hope the landlord keeps his word and builds that staircase! 🙂

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  2. He seems very irrational. To move from one country to another after a break-up is drastic to say the least.
    I enjoyed this story!

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  3. From what I read about the weather in Toronto this year, this story is quite fitting. No ladder needed in winter, LOL. It made me smile, I liked it.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback. It’s not always easy to get everything I want to say down in just 100 words, but I try to use the best images so that at least a snippet of a story can play in the reader’s mind.


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