Title: Up on the Roof
Source: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – Week of May 9, 2017
Word count: 175 words
Silvana raced to the rooftop garden stopping at the edge of the manicured lawn. Hands on her hips, she stood gulping the hot, humidity laden air into her lungs. Her gaze fixated on a small patch of green near the horizon where the trees stood like soldiers fighting the buildings that threaten on all sides. She went there whenever she could. She imagined herself beneath the trees, solid earth under her feet. A breeze lifted her auburn tresses, stroking her head as a mother would caress an infant to calm him.
This place was strange. It was her home now, but everything was foreign, rigid, devoid of spirit. The gray walls, the black flooring and the pristine white of the apartment sucked the life out of her. The rooftop held color and living plants, but it felt as sterile as the apartment. Silvana recognized the same bleakness in the faces of the people surrounding her. They hurried caught in their heads, focused on the future, never seeing now. She promised them she would not fall.
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer