" I look down to some names engraved into the concrete of my footpath and I look the Fall leaves dripping down the trees on the grass."

A breath, a smile
Short Story - 2018
9/39 consistency/momentum
by V.L.Gil


 I watched the bonfire at the beach until the world grew dark and colder. I started walking home, from the boardwalk to the streets of my little town. As I walked through the sleepy nighttime roads, I listened to the bouncing sound of some kids laughter and the scrape of a skateboard on the sidewalks. I smelled the wood smoke from the chimneys bursting from the cottages in the cold breeze.

I ran my fingers along the cold fences on my way home: bumpy, rough, smooth... Time seemed to stop existing. I was ageless. I was all ages at once. It transports me to memories of the little child I was once, golden-haired and flying down a footpath on my bike.

This now was my neighborhood. My little sleepy beach town in an Autumn night. I look down to some names engraved into the concrete of my footpath and I look the Fall leaves dripping down the trees on the grass. It was a noisy hot beach town this summer. Tonight, so silence in the dark cold of this Autumn night. Ahead was my home, full of things with meaning to me, small but full of love. I am a grown-up. I told myself. I have to keep reminding me that. As I just want to skip my steps back home, with a smile on my face like a child.

I am not rich, I am not well off. But now that I am older, I see where the real riches lay. Not in my career past or the money I can have, not even in the hustle of growing in life. Now doing what makes me happy and a sweet man that I love and loves me back. I feel like life just started. Yes, I have bills on my name, that I rather don't have. Like anyone. But I am a mother and  I even have a grandchild's! And I live in a heavenly beautiful town. Just like I always dreamed.

 It all seemed like a story I told myself once. I couldn’t wrap my head around how it all happened, how I got so lucky or how fast time has passed. Or how it was even possible when I still felt like I was a child inside. I open my door, walked inside...to the warmth of my home, with a deep breath, and a smile.

He waits for me:
" Hello!"