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Man Running

Who is chasing the running man?

By Kelley SteadPublished about a year ago 1 min read
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I see the man in the early morning. His legs pump, his arms glisten in the sun. His shoes pound pavement as he looks worriedly over his shoulder.

Something is chasing him.

But there is only the gentle wind. And the chirping of chickadees. His eyebrows furrow, his pace slows. Run becomes walk.

I wave, friendly and curious.

“Whatcha running from?” I ask, half joking.

His eyes meet mine. Little black dots in a pool of white. The sweat from his brow runs into them, like a glacier feeding a mountain stream.

“Myself,” he says. And takes off again.

Short Story

About the Creator

Kelley Stead

Grew up on a steady diet of Tom Robbins and Stephen King.

Spinning tales in the quiet moments between motherhood and building a business.

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  • Lamar Wigginsabout a year ago

    Wow! I loved how this well written entry ended. It says so much in the literal sense of how we deal with our problems. Great read!

  • Denise E Lindquistabout a year ago


  • Leslie Writesabout a year ago

    Well, that’s one kind of motivation! Great entry!

  • Paul Stewartabout a year ago

    Another clever entry, Kelley! Impressive!

  • Kimmyabout a year ago

    This is great! I love that he is running from himself! Something we all can relate to.

  • Incredibly good, Kelley!

  • Cathy holmesabout a year ago

    Great story. Love that ending.

  • Deanna Fratusabout a year ago

    Great take on this challenge. I loved your description and the unexpected ending.

  • Grz Colmabout a year ago

    Good one and fine use of such a small amount of words for the challenge! 😊👍 I need to try this.

  • That was certainly unexpected! Never would I have guessed that, lol! Well, I hope he doesn't catch himself and for the other him, I hope he catches himself. Lol!

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