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Across the Bridge

The place we cannot follow

By Terrye TurpinPublished 14 days ago 1 min read
Top Story - September 2023
Across the Bridge
Photo by Mike van den Bos on Unsplash

It is my daughter, Laura, who discovers the bridge. Bird song and insect buzz fill the woods. Emerald leaves blanket the branches and make the tree canopy a reflection of the pool below.

"Dad!" Laura calls from the path ahead. Sight shielded by brush, I lose sight of her until I turn the corner past a fallen oak. The yellow of her shirt, a daffodil among a sea of jade, flashes through the forest.

"Wait!" Breathless, I jog after her. Too late. She stands on a faded bridge; the wood gone gray as smoke. Her hands grasp broken rails and I open my mouth to call out, to warn of splinters and scrapes, but sound feels like a sacrilege. She steps over the black gap of a missing tread.

"Come back!" I find my voice and rush toward the bridge.

She tilts her head, not to my cry, but to whatever whispers to her from the forest. With another step, she is out of reach. I rest my palms on the rail, intent on following her, but the rotten wood will never hold my weight. The farther she crosses, the less hold I have on her, as though the years collapse beneath our feet.

At last, she reaches the other side. Laura weaves through the green, never turning back, never hesitating.

We dream of magic spells that bind our memory and heal our hearts, but the real power belongs to our children. They speak with fairies, goblins, and parents with equal fervor. Until one day they use their magic to follow a voice we cannot hear and cross a bridge we cannot pass.


About the Creator

Terrye Turpin

Terrye writes stories set in Texas and other strange places. She enjoys exploring antique, junk, and thrift stores for inspiration and bargains. Find her books on Amazon: Terrye Turpin

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  • Mark Graham7 days ago

    We all have to cross that bridge when we get to it somehow. Quite the inspirational story.

  • Rachel Deeming11 days ago

    This was excellent. A metaphor for letting go but just the imagery of the place you described was strong in itself. Loved it.

  • This is great ❤️📝👌Congratulations on your Top Story🎉🎉✌️✌️

  • An absolutely lovely story

  • Cathy holmes12 days ago

    This is beautiful. Congrats on the TS.

  • So glad to see this here! Conratulations on Top Story! Beautifully written 🤍🤍🤍

  • Donna Renee12 days ago

    Wow. On the second read through this hit me in the feels so hard 😭❤️. Beautifully crafted!!

  • This was both very poignant ans magical! Very well done!

  • Lightning Bolt14 days ago

    Evocative! The planks 'falling way like years beneath our feet' is particularly sweet.

  • Marie Sinadjan14 days ago

    Oh this was absolutely wonderful. That last paragraph struck me right in the gut. Well done! 😍

  • This is a short masterpiece. Perfect prose! I'm definitely a new subscriber! 😍

  • Wow! This is so poignant and beautifully written and at the same time so relatable to so many parents! So glad you shared it, else I may never have had the pleasure of reading! Thank you! 🤍

  • Wonderful! Great story! Gazoogabloga! Loved this! ❤️💙♥️🧡💚💜🖤💛💗💝💓💖💕💓

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