Daily Prompt: Pretend
The girl with the red balloon…
Her smile was wide, jovial even as he greeted friends and strangers alike, with enthusiasm and warmth. Not in a million years would you have guessed that her joy and outward appearance were not what they seemed to be.
Hers was mostly a fictive state of being, one of pretence and make believe. Not always mind you. There were days that she definitely felt – happy and light, like sunshine. You could see it in her face. But those days were few and far between.
The weight of her real life fell so heavily at her feet that her wide smile seemed like the easiest way to keep unwanted attention at bay. It worked; as luck would have it she lived in a city where it was easy to pull the wool over eyes that were too blinkered to see. When asked no secrets she told no lies! It was her choice to become lost in the crowd.
I find writing to be a great escape from the busyness of life, which is why I enjoy playing with flash fiction when I have the time.
Having said that, the main focus at calliemm.com is to share awareness of the rare/uncommon cancer my husband Brendan has…