Title: The Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion
Source: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2018 WEEK #41
Word count: 195 words
Calder sprinted through the house, picked up his bag, grabbed his keys and headed for the door. Running late was his normal morning routine. He stepped onto the deck, locked the door and slung his bag over his shoulder before he saw them.
Puzzled, he looked around, searching for clues. They weren’t his, and he didn’t remember them when he came home last night. No, the deck had been empty. He remembered dropping his keys trying to get in and he certainly would have seen them. Why would someone leave a pair of shoes on his deck?
Calder looked around, searching for their owner. At the corner of the house, a green shirt waved from the lilac bush. Intrigued Calder walked over and pulled it loose. The shirt’s back bore a Grateful Dead logo proclaiming “The Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion.”
Footprints in the dirt beneath the bush lead towards the pond. Calder followed and found a pair of jeans in the grass next to the path. A ribbon of gold glistened and glowed across the pond’s surface.
Calder absentmindedly dropped his bag, his keys slipped from his fingers and he waded into the water.
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer