Sunday, August 25, 2013


For James, it seemed there had just never been enough time for a wife, for children, for the unfettered frivolity of vacations and now it seemed there might not be nearly enough time to correct at least one of those mistakes. Certainly a family was beyond his reach but, perhaps, he could yet discover the beauty  of the world about him he had never appreciated before.

The small train made its way through the Swiss countryside without a sense of urgency, allowing those aboard to immerse themselves in the pristine natural beauty around them. He was no less awestruck than his fellow passengers as they drew ever closer to the mighty glacier that had stood here in its magnificence for eons. 

As the wonder of it suffused him, he vowed no matter how much time the doctors might give him, he would spend it filling his mind with images such as these and death could become the thing for which he simply did not have time.

This story was written for the weekly Five Sentence Fiction flash fiction prompt: travel. 

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