Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Broken Dreams

Jessica and Paul grew up together in Kelowna. Both of them had spent a lot of time learning  to snowboard. At nineteen-years-old, Jessica could easily catch big air and do tricks. She often went freeriding down the mountain with Paul.

Jessica was worried because she had not seen Paul in two days. It was unusual for him not to contact her. She took the bus down Big White and thought she might go to Paul’s place.

Suddenly, the bus stopped. They were within a mile-and-a-half of the service roads when  [the bus driver spotted a man],”  lying on the side of the road. Jessica got off the bus. Recognizing the man’s face she saw it was Paul. Tears slid down her cheeks.

“I love you Paul. Please be okay,” Jessica cried.” We are supposed to go to the next Winter Olympics together. You’re supposed to marry me.”

The RCMP arrived then and a female officer gently pulled Jessica away from Paul. “How do you know this man?” asked the officer.

“He was my boyfriend. We grew up together.” The officer squeezed her shoulder.

After an autopsy was completed Jessica found out why Paul had died. He had had an aneurysm in his brain; it ruptured. Jessica was shattered.



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Thanks to Roger Shipp for hosting this flash fiction challenge.


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25 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Broken Dreams”

  1. It’s so sad that she found him like that and could not help him. They had so many plans, but now she is alone. This happens to a lot of people and it is so difficult to endure. Wonderful story, Mandi. 🙂

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    1. Yeah. I think that it would so difficult to find the love of your life on the side of the road like that. Lucky she is young and even though she will have a whole in heart, it will be easier to move on because likely she will meet another guy she can make new plans with. Will take time but she’ll move on. Thanks for your comments.


    1. Thanks Yolande. Yes, it was good for to know he was gone. Eventually she’ll be able to move on better I think because she isn’t secretly hoping he’s alive out there. Thanks for commenting. I will check out your site 🙂


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