The Question (flash fiction)

Ellen couldn’t stop thinking about it. Andrea’s question was like a begging beagle. It wouldn’t leave her in peace. She had to find the answer. It felt like her life depended on it. 

Ellen met Andrea after a far-too-long workday, when the R5 lost power in the ice. They were strangers, stuck together for two and a half hours. Ellen thought of that journey often. She liked to believe the storm had been sent to personally stop her in her tracks. It was an oddly packaged, and well-timed gift.  
 
Billy’s death had turned her world darker than the train, and Andrea’s words on that cold December night were like twinkling lights in the distance. Andrea had been in that darkness too, and had found her way back to the living. She was a dear friend now, and a comfort, and Ellen would miss her. She and her cats, Fred and Ethel, were moving to Austin in the morning.
 
As they waited in the corner booth for their check, Andrea asked the question that had started Ellen’s mind racing. She said that answering it had changed her life in extraordinary ways, and she wanted to pay it forward. She asked, “What does your heart need to let go of?”
 
Ellen’s heart had let go of so much already! It let go of dreams with men’s faces. It let go of being called mom. It let go of that perfect pair of jeans that would never fit again…
 
Ellen didn’t like to be left behind, but this time, it came with a gift. What did her heart need to let go of?  She knew that the answer would be bittersweet, and that it would set her free.
 
What does your heart need to let go of?


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8 comments

  • Cotch

    Cotch

    Expectations!

    Expectations!

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Very true Cotch!

    Very true Cotch!

  • harry david

    harry david maine

    What does your heart need to let go of? wow. there's not enuf space here. Anxiety, disappointment, intolerance, judgment, blame, fear... it's a daily thing for me. some days its a resentment. other days its the question "why". i don't mean a scientific research 'why', but a why did that happen or why did they do that 'why'. when my right brain is fully engaged i am in the moment, creating or observing what is. that is when my heart does not need to let go, but rather 'take in'

    What does your heart need to let go of? wow. there's not enuf space here. Anxiety, disappointment, intolerance, judgment, blame, fear... it's a daily thing for me. some days its a resentment. other days its the question "why". i don't mean a scientific research 'why', but a why did that happen or why did they do that 'why'. when my right brain is fully engaged i am in the moment, creating or observing what is. that is when my heart does not need to let go, but rather 'take in'

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    I understand that right brain perspective H David. It is a gift. I get the other side too. I wish us both more of the taking in... Letting go is so hard sometimes. I have learned that my heart has its own time table, and eventually it does let go, but I can't force the timing.

    I understand that right brain perspective H David. It is a gift. I get the other side too. I wish us both more of the taking in... Letting go is so hard sometimes. I have learned that my heart has its own time table, and eventually it does let go, but I can't force the timing.

  • Ann

    Ann Miami

    my heart needs to let go of years of listening to other people's opinions ~ then feel my own my heart needs to let go of old pains ~ feel all the goodness in my life live...............

    my heart needs to let go of years of listening to other people's opinions ~ then feel my own
    my heart needs to let go of old pains ~ feel all the goodness in my life
    live...............

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    That is powerful stuff Ann... I know that journey. It sounds like you are on your way. I am here cheering you on!

    That is powerful stuff Ann... I know that journey. It sounds like you are on your way. I am here cheering you on!

  • Bryan Abes

    Bryan Abes Kennett square, PA

    Hello Denise the seeker! I'd say my heart definitely needs to let go of pain, hurt, and sorrow. I mean I think that's easier said than done, but I know that if I do that my head will be much clearer as I go about my day. Not only clearer, but free. Yes the story about andrea and Ellen resonates with me for sure. -Bryan

    Hello Denise the seeker! I'd say my heart definitely needs to let go of pain, hurt, and sorrow. I mean I think that's easier said than done, but I know that if I do that my head will be much clearer as I go about my day. Not only clearer, but free. Yes the story about andrea and Ellen resonates with me for sure.
    -Bryan

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Hi Bryan. I hope you find a way to do that. I wish you all good things...

    Hi Bryan. I hope you find a way to do that. I wish you all good things...

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