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Flash Fiction Entry 276 Words
People like to buy into something even if it's not sensible. When they discover their life bores them with no change in sight, they look for a way out. That's what happened to me. It's strange because I was living my dream. Married, with two kids, a nice husband and a good job. I felt too settled, everything routine no excitement. Trapped in my thoughts of what I'd missed, I was ready for a change.

While waiting in the checkout line, I grabbed a magazine, eyeing the "Live Your Dream" article.

Later, that evening I read of couples living off the grid. Their stories energized me. With instructions on building a cabin, organic gardening and living without electricity.

My enthusiasm convinced my husband to buy into my dream. We bought land, a hippie van, and sold our house. With no driveway on our land , we cleared brush and lived in our van until we moved into our cabin. Solar panels and generators depleted our savings. Now my husband works at odd jobs and I sell crafts at the Farmer's Market. We don't mention our life in the city anymore or the things we miss.

Late at night I hear the scream. The first time I heard it, I elbowed my husband, but he didn't hear anything. Before the scream there is a moan, the sound of someone who has suffered a great loss. I cover my head with my pillow but the scream continues.

People like to buy into something even if it's not sensible. I lie awake at night and know that I'm hearing the scream of the woman who followed her dream.

276 Words
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