THE RULE OF SURVIVAL
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suepaceI enjoy writing flash fiction and poetry
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Jacob was in the back seat when his father gunned the engine in an attempt to bring the Buick all the way into and then through the main intersection in Spokane, Washington, before the traffic light blinked from yellow to red. It took the delivery truck (filled with Christmas packages) less than a second to extinguish the lives of his parents.

THE RULE OF SURVIVAL

by suepace

It took the delivery truck (filled with Christmas packages) less than a second to extinguish the lives of his parents.

The chaplain came by to pray and make stupid comments about God and the meaning of life. Jacob’s legs and an arm were weighed down with casts but he managed to fling a bedpan at the man.

By May, Jacob was walking with two canes and had registered for summer school. With luck he would be back on track by the time Fall semester rolled around.

He had come to depend upon anger to fill his belly like dense, sour bread that wouldn’t digest but wouldn’t go away, either. The anger kept him alive.

His girlfriend, Margo, emailed her mother: Jacob wanders the campus looking ragged and thin. He won't accept help or kindness from anyone. He drinks too much and is mean. I don't how to help.

Margo's mother baked Jacob a batch of chocolate chip cookies and mailed them along with a card that said:

Jacob, As you know, life is not fair. Let me share the secret rule of survival. Do whatever it takes to make it through. You can forgive yourself later.

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4 months agoReply
@bernardtwindwil THANK YOU! I am still trying to get comfortable with the Commaful format - good for my no-longer-young brain to figure this out. As for the "Rule of Survival" - had to learn that the hard way...but it is a piece of fiction.

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
4 months agoReply
Wonderful wisdom. The mission in life is to remain alive. Once you realize that all the rest becomes less difficult. I am glad that you are here. These kids are of the age to need this kind of advice. Great post!!!