We’re led to believe we’re in charge of our own destinies, that life is a sum of our choices – but how many of those choices are really our own? How many of those “choices” are simply the only available door at the end of the corridor we’re steered through?

I stand at the precipice of this particular door, staring hard at the man I’m supposed to kill – the man I love – and wonder.  I’m merely a product of life’s design… choices already made for me.

Steeling myself, daggers in hand, I proceed through the only remaining door I have.

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1 year ago

A well-written, reflective story bound to elicit interesting conversations! Good work!!

1 year ago

Wow, Emily, this story really packs a punch! I’m sure many readers will wonder about the back story, but I like the mystery of it just as it is. The less a story says, the more we can fill in the blanks with our own stories – like being partners in the writing. It must have been the dagger reference, but I first thought of Lady MacBeth, as a tool in the hands of the witches, acting out her own fate. On consecutive readings, it will be interesting to see what other stories are triggered. Good writing!

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Nice one Emily, great story. I too often think of how limited we are when it comes to choices and whether or not we really have a choice at all; how much other people’s influence affects our choices too, limiting them even more. Very well written.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Wow. Such a wonderful story. It made me cry, Emily. I wish I have many limitless choices in life, but everything is very limited. A good write.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
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1 year ago

Yes, you are right. You’re welcome.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

This is powerful Emily. I’m pulled in two directions re. choices. Yes, our circumstances can limit the choices we have but I’ve always thought it takes courage to make a choice others may not approve or agree with. When push comes to shove, we make our own destiny. A thought provoking, well written story.

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Hi Emily, where do I begin? You are a thinker, that’s for sure. There many who will go through life without even one thought about choices, without ever questioning why. Anyhow your door is there for all to question. There are no limits to our lives; the only limit is that which we place on ourselves. Experience through our choices is what makes us. This 100 words Emily will get lots of comments – if they choose to!

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago

Wow, Emily, this is a thought-provoking piece. I believe that there is always a way out if put in front of a “choice” you know you shouldn’t be making, if we look hard enough. Sometimes it feels though as if your only choice is to do the thing you don’t want to do. Great writing and I would like to know if she carries out what she was expected to do or makes a 180 degrees turn. Well done.

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Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock(@daisy-blacklock)
1 year ago

This story really makes you think. I really like how you started it. The opening makes you think and draws you in.

David Drew
David Drew(@david-drew)
1 year ago

Very intriguing Emily…

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