He’d been my hero ever since school, not because he was smart, more for the rebellious streak that ran through him.  Having him as a friend felt like a gift but one that didn’t come without risk.

Truancy and petty shop lifting would inevitably bring us to the attention of local gangs looking to recruit.  I’d reached a major turning point in my life.  My whole future depended on the direction I chose.

It took all my strength and resolve to walk away from a life of crime and my best friend, but we were destined to follow different paths.

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

Linda, your protagonist had a very hard decision to make, but I’m happy to read that the right one was made. Thankfully, it was made before getting too involved, because I think it would have been much harder otherwise.

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

Hey, Linda. I am happy that your protagonist took all his strength and resolve to walk away from his best friend and a life of crime. He made the best and right decision before getting things worse. Good job, Linda.

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

You’re welcome.

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

Nicely written story with a life lesson for young people. We’re all faced with choices, sometimes it’s hard to make the right one. Well done.

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Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
1 year ago

Linda, I wonder about the age of your protagonist? Was s/he a teenager? Younger? Older? At any age this could have been a difficult decision, but especially during those years when it feels so important to be part of something, to be accepted by your best friend, to be rebellious. Congratulations to your protagonist, and to you for great writing.

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

Another great, and very different story Linda. I smiled remembering my Mother sending me on a message to the greengrocers. I hated being called in from the street playing out. I’d be about 9 ish, and when I got back with the shopping, my Mother said this cabbage wasn’t on the list. I picked it up thinking, well I don’t know what I was thinking of at the time. Anyhow, my Mother made me take it back, and that was me in for a week. Lesson learnt.

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

A great story, which is unique, thoughtful, and teaches a valuable life lesson.

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

Great use of the 100 words, Linda, and a good description of a dilemma that faces a lot of young kids. I’m sure you had a lot more details that could have been said about how the difference of lifestyle happened to the boy. I’m sure it took a lot of “strength and resolve,” as you say.

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