Master of None

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Emily sat alone in the hot sunlight on the pier, her feet dangling just above the surface of the water but not close enough to break it. It’s how she felt often lately, like she was on the verge of something, positioned to jump in with both feet, but unable to put even a tentative toe forward to test the water.

She had yet to master the most basic skills or navigate everyday life on her own; things like sleeping, eating, going out to work or a social event – oh, the social was the worst – seemed insurmountable since Jasper was no longer with her. She knew, though, that she had to continue to move through life without him and perhaps even find a suitable replacement, which was really a far less callous endeavor than it sounded.

When the air began to feel cooler on her face, Emily stood and straightened her dress. She unfolded her cane and reached instinctively for the space her faithful guide no longer occupied beside her, then blinked back a tear and walked slowly toward the shore.


Join us at Ivy Walker‘s blog for Six Sentences Stories. Each week writers are challenged to spin a tale in six sentences – no more, no less. This week’s cue is…MASTER.

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Lisa A. Listwa is a self-employed writer with experience in education, publishing, and the martial arts. Believing there was more to life than punching someone else’s time clock and inspired by the words of Henry David Thoreau, she traded her life as a high school educator for a life as a writer and hasn’t looked back. She is mother to one glorious handful of a daughter, wife to the nicest guy on the planet, and reluctant but devoted owner of three Rotten Cats. You can find her adventures and thoughts on living life deliberately here on the blog.

18 thoughts on “Master of None

  1. Life goes on through loss and grief and eventually we have to summon the strength to go on with the flow of life. Beautiful story, Lisa!

    1. I must really need a cup of coffee. I kept saying “Paul’s moving? Where?” Slow brain day.
      Now that I’ve figured out it’s not about that…thank you.

    1. Awesome, thank you! I kind of think there isn’t a whole lot better as a writer than having people say “more please” about your words.

  2. Someone above used the word I was thinking, ‘the tone’ is quite moving. That’s the thing with the good writing, it elicits emotion, rather than project it.
    ‘cellent Six, L

  3. This story is written so well that it actually fits more than one scenario quite well, it was not until the end that Emily’s situation was clarified and we can see the struggle to adapt that she must now face. I really liked the sense of inner reflection that you portrayed!

    1. Thank you, Josie. That’s really great input. Appreciate it!
      Busy weekend ahead and I have a bunch of catching up to do on reading…but I’ll get there. I’ll be around to see you soon. xo

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