Title: Pushing Through
Source: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers
Word count: 150 words
Rachel passed the bench three times today. One more time she told herself.
She wanted to sit and rest. Doctor’s orders said one mile.
“This is crap,” she thought.
“It will get easier,” they said.
“You will grow to love it,” they said.
“Your body will crave the endorphins,” they said.
Who were they kidding? It was a conspiracy, lies they told themselves. It wasn’t working, she didn’t feel an endorphin-releasing rush. She had been exercising a week and none of the garbage they spewed had happened.
Rachel stopped, staring at the bench. Sweat trickled down her back, hair clung to her face and neck. Her clothes stuck to her body in places where they shouldn’t. She fanned herself with both hands, knowing a mirror would reflect a blotchy red face. She needed a shower.
Rachel stood and stared at the bench.
“Ok, bench. See you in a few minutes.”
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer