A long way to go

James stepped out of the house and looked around.
Sometimes a car came round the corner at high speed.
Then he would have to warn her.
He heard her footsteps in the tiled hall.
“Do you have the doorkey?” she called.
“It’s here, Mummy. Come on now, or we’ll be late!”
“Has the bus passed already?”
“No, Mummy. There’s still time.”
James took his mother’s hand.
She placed a gentle hand on his shoulder and they set off in synchronised steps.
The only sound was the tap, tap, tapping of her white stick on the flagstones.
“Everything alright?” James wanted to know.
She felt guilty, thinking that James should be out with his friends.
James did not mind.
He was already planning to bring daylight back into his mother’s eyes.
But he was only five, so there was still a long way to go.

A long way to go

Faith Puleston

Herdecke, Germany

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This is a second story for the first May Challenge: “Witness” in the group “Flash Fiction”.
I have to admit that I wanted to write something “harmless” after reading some of the other stories.

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