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I had planned it out for a year. I would get up, and leave my life behind. I would go to that train station, and say goodbye to it all. Finally, I would be free.
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The Best Laid Plans

by AlexUrwin

I had planned it out for a year. I would get up, and leave my life behind. I would go to that train station, and say goodbye to it all.

Finally, I would be free.

But I didn't. On the first day, I made an excuse. I told myself that I was important to people, that I was needed and had to stay.

And so I did. For another month, anyway.

Time passed, and I looked at my plans again. But in that month, my mother fell ill. If not me, then who else would look after her?

And so I stayed, for another month, anyway.

Miracles happen, and she recovered. But guilt remained. What if I had left? What if I wasn't around?

But yet again, another month later after guilt had worn off and I was ready to go again, looking through the tickets and imaging, fantasising, dreaming about leaving,

I was pinned down by responsibility once more.

And again.

And again.

And again.

My life remained staunchly set, stuck in the little town that no one cared for. But, in an act of desperation, I finally did it. I hauled myself out of bed. I donned my best clothes.

I checked the ticket online, and I left without a note.

I had planned it out for a year. I would get up, and leave my life behind. I would go to that train station, and say goodbye to it all.

But the train was late.

So I stayed, for another month anyway.

And lived to see another day.

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