He built the small town with his bare hands. It was where he felt most alive. He prided himself on knowing all the locals and conversed for hours with the shopkeepers and bartenders. He was keenly aware of everyone’s comings and goings. And he enjoyed all the gossip; there was so much drama! In this town he was king. He vowed to live there forever.
Until the night nurse arrived and reminded him to take his pills. As he drifted off to sleep, the retirement home fell silent as did his miniature town on the craft table in his room.
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This is my third attempt at flash fiction for the Friday Fictioneers. A big shout out to Rochelle @Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple for hosting Friday Fictioneers. The weekly challenge is to write a story based on the photo prompt, provided today by CEAyr. My challenge was to write a complete story in 100 words or less. This entry was exactly 100 words!
My husband and I found our Shangri-La in eastern Washington. The homestead sits on 76-acres of rolling meadowlands with a creek, aspen grove, pine forests and plenty of room to breathe. A friend suggested we call the homestead Timbuktu because it’s in a remote area – although only ten miles from town. We make the big move next week!
Honestly, I’m excited and scared at the same time! It’s a big shift from suburban life to country life. But while hubby fell in love with the land and shop, I fell in love with the house. It’s a 45-year-old custom build with a wrap around deck that overlooks the land and a mountain range in the distance.
After 30 plus years of living in the suburbs and commuting to the city for work, we’re finally going to have room to spread our wings!
One of the great amenities of the area are all the lakes. The largest is seven miles long, stocked with all kinds of fish and only a few miles from the homestead.
We’ve spent the last 15 years vacationing in the area. My husband enjoys fishing and hunting and we both love hiking and spending time in nature.
What was once a railroad trestle through town and across the lake, is now part of a “rails to trail” system. The nature trail begins in town and crosses the lake over the trestle and continues 20 miles to the Canadian border. We plan to dust off our hiking boots and explore!
There are no stoplights in our new hometown! But it has all the amenities we need, a community hospital, library, restaurants, drug store, grocery store and even an artist co-op! The town is also the county seat so the courthouse and government buildings are all located within a few blocks.
We feel so blessed to retire early and hope to spend many years enjoying the country life. We plan to be active in our new community and find a way to serve and give back. I’ll also be looking for a writer/poetry group in town and if there isn’t one I may just start one!
We’re starting the next chapter of our lives and are excited for the adventures ahead! Don’t ever let anyone tell you dreams don’t come true!! We’re living our dream in Timbuktu!
Next post – a tour of the inside of the house. It has some surprises and a secret room! The artist in me is all aflutter with possibilities! Until then …