Friday Fictioneers – 5/23/14 – ‘The Fork in the Road’


The prompt for this week’s Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Story is the photo below: Copyright: Erin Leary.  Hop over to Rochelle Wiseoff-Fields’ site and learn how to get involved and share your own story. My story’s below the picture.




Kelsey drove along the fence, ignoring it, his thoughts battling. He’d be at the fork in the road soon. The south branch would take him to Barclay; he could hop a bus to the other side of the country.

The north branch would take him home, with his invalid wife to take care of. The neighbor tended her when Kelsey worked. And work was his only freedom.

It was hard to love a woman who couldn’t be a real wife anymore.

But he’d promised: “… for better or for worse …”  And she’d trusted him.

He took the north branch.









22 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – 5/23/14 – ‘The Fork in the Road’

    1. When I started writing this last night, I wasn’t sure until I got to the last line which branch of the road he would take. The way of the world is certainly not one of self-sacrifice. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  1. What a stunning view that is and fits the lovely, well written story you wrote so well Sandra. I am glad he took the north branch. 😀

  2. Well written! This happens a lot, I’m sure when people are frustrated with so much care, they can’t escape. I’m so sorry for the author. Great job! Nan 🙂

  3. Oh my! Glad for the choice he made. I was in that situation for a while, though I guess the fork was at the hospital and I never saw it. Great job of portrayal of those feelings, though.

  4. I like how, in this story, he thinks about doing the wrong thing but does the right thing anyway. That’s a mark of a realistic piece of fiction!

    1. Thank you. Me too. But I wasn’t sure if anyone could read anything at all for the last hour. I’ve been trying to change my theme, and I’ve had this thing really messed up for quite a while. But I think I’ve about got it now — at least until I decide this one has a problem that I want to get rid of — or that I’m bored with the look — and change again.

  5. Sandra. I guess it’s all been said. I agree that he made the right choice. Too many people say wedding vows without really thinking about what they mean. Good and well-written story. 🙂 —Susan

  6. Dear Sandra,

    This makes me think of a story I heard about a husband who stuck by his wife with Alzheimer’s. When it was pointed out that she no longer remembered him, he answered, “No. But I remember her.”
    Kudos to the man with integrity in your story. Lovely.



    1. I read or heard about that story as well, because I remember that statement now that you’ve brought it up. I honestly didn’t know where this story was going until it came out one line at a time. I knew at the beginning that we had a fork in the road, but that was it. I was glad when I got to the last paragraph to learn that he was making the right decision. Writing in that manner can be exciting — but it can also be nerve-wracking.

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