The August 22, 2022 story challenge from Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch is to: Write a story exploring shame as an emotion or theme. Consider how to use shame to drive a cause-and-effect story. How does it impact a character? Is there a change? Go where the prompt leads! Submit at Carrot Ranch by August 27, 2022.
Reimagined by D. Avery
This woman seems kind, look how she is with the children. Look at that garden! Go to them. It’ll be alright.
She clung to her imaginary friend. “No.”
I’ll go with you.
“No! Of me. Of my family. You know…”
I do know. I know that is your sorrow, but it is not your shame.
She sobbed then in the strong comforting arms of her imaginary friend. And when she opened her eyes, she was in the embrace of the woman, who told her she was safe now, everything was alright, she would be alright.