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CW: Drug Use, Overdose. A twist on the microfiction heist challenge. DISCLAIMER: This title is ironic. It's meant to represent the ways in which society shoves addicts to the back of the room and dehumanizes them with language. I have never and would never refer to someone with addiction as a "Junkie". Please do not misconstrue my intent. If you are ready to get help for your addiction, call 1-800-662-4357. Recovery is possible.

By Ashley LimaPublished 4 months ago Updated 4 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - June 2023
Photo by Oscar Keys on Unsplash

She didn't dream of being this way as a little girl. Life threw obstacles her way, and sometimes she was able to avoid them, while other times, they smacked her straight in the face. It's hard to find somewhere to lay the blame. But she faces it, every day, and trust, this cruel world never made anything easy. So she lights the match. She heats the spoon. And she sails away to lands unknown, hoping, just for one second, to escape. Because in her dreams, she's a dragon slayer and a princess. She can touch the clouds and sing with the stars. She can be anybody besides who she is now.

That sweet brown liquid, warm yet uncaring. It doesn't judge. It didn't judge her 10th-grade teacher. It didn't judge the lawyer down the street. Nor the pro basketball player who came to speak during high school. It welcomes everybody in with open arms. And then it becomes suffocating. A chokehold. She knows it's bad. She knows she shouldn't touch it anymore, but it's the only thing that makes life worth living. It's too bad that it's so good at being lethal.

The Great American Heist claims yet another life.


About the Creator

Ashley Lima

BA and MA in English. Editor by profession, novelist, short story writer, and poet in my free time. I enjoy writing fantastical realism, horror, mystery, and nonfiction.

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  • Rob Angeli2 months ago

    Hi Ashley, about these three possibilities for the Vocal Writing Awards, in the Flash-Fiction category,

  • Such a powerful story! I love how much you conveyed in such a short text… this is impressive and something I want to try 😇✨

  • Stephanie Jarrell2 months ago

    WOW!! the world truly needs this

  • Raymond G. Taylor3 months ago

    Powerful and original. Well done on your win!

  • Wow, that was powerful! Really loved the different angle you took on this challenge. Congrats on placing too!

  • Love this! Tragic but beautiful! 😪

  • Ruth Stewart3 months ago

    I loved this from the start; I'm so pleased you got placed. Well done!

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    Wtg, Ashley. Congrats.

  • Paul Stewart3 months ago

    Oh congrats, Ashley on placing in the challenge - so well-deserved! Delighted for you!

  • Meagan Dion3 months ago

    Ooof. That last line rightly convicts our society, well done. Great piece!

  • Rob Angeli3 months ago

    Very powerful.

  • Mackenzie Davis3 months ago

    The disdain is rightfully strong at the end. I applaud your lateral thinking with this challenge and I hope this piece places! Fantastic writing, very compelling social commentary.

  • Starlight Tucker4 months ago

    Wow! This is really deep and I'm glad you pinned it to your profile. I personally like to relate my writing to music I feel goes along with it basically, and here I think NF's music video "Happy" is a great fit:

  • Shazia4 months ago

    Very intense.

  • Tina D'Angelo4 months ago

    You gave me chills. A prize-winning piece. Stunning in its clarity.

  • Knucklez Deveraux4 months ago

    This is beautiful as it is haunting. Society loves its labels, everything must fit neatly into the pre-constructed box. When it doesn't, Society does its best to destroy any and all signs of it. Thank you for this beautiful piece..

  • Raghavendra S Rao4 months ago

    Nice story. New to Vocal here. Enjoying the read and writing up.

  • Melissa Ingoldsby4 months ago

    A truly thoughtful and haunting piece. Excellent writing And congratulations on your top story!

  • Babs Iverson4 months ago

    Timely topic terrifically told!!! Left a heart!!!💖💖💕

  • Cezanne Libellen4 months ago

    Masterfully written! Well done Ashley!!

  • D. D. Lee4 months ago

    This is definitely a “spin” done right. I read really well on its own merit, but connecting to the challenge made it all the more impactful. Great Job

  • Gal Mux4 months ago

    A very unique approach to the challenge. And yes addiction doesn't judge... It can catch you no matter who you are...

  • Paul Stewart4 months ago

    This is so sad, but so important. A powerful piece and I love the way you took a different approach to the challenge and what a heist means to highlight this important issue. Congrats on getting Top Story for it, it is thoroughly deserved! Well done, Ashley. Also, I've just subscribed to you!

  • Glow4 months ago

    This is so beautiful

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