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Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. (Viktor E. Frankl)

By Stephanie GingerPublished about a month ago 1 min read
Top Story - June 2024
Space
Photo by Korney Violin on Unsplash

If...

I...?

No.

Not I...?

Not you. Me.

***

So if you...?

So if I said... No...

If you said No...?

No. Not if I said No.

You said, No. You did.

I didn't.

You didn't say, No?

No.

Oh.

***

No. I didn't say No. I said... No, I can't.

You can't what?

I can't say it.

Just say it.

Do you want me to say it?

I don't know. I suppose... Once you've said it...

***

I know. Once I've said it...

It's out there?

Yes. Once I've said it, it would be...

Out there.

It would.

***

So?

So perhaps...

So perhaps...?

I won't.

You're sure?

Yes. I'm sure.

***

Okay then.

It's okay?

Yes.

It's really okay?

Yes. If you're sure... Then it's really okay.

***

We're still good?

We're still good.

***

Even though...?

Even though.

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About the Creator

Stephanie Ginger

Writer, screenwriter, poet, playwright, journalist. I love the drama of life: long, short, on the page or on the screen but always character-driven.

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Nice work

Very well written. Keep up the good work!

Top insights

  1. Excellent storytelling

    Original narrative & well developed characters

  2. Compelling and original writing

    Creative use of language & vocab

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    Well-structured & engaging content

  1. Heartfelt and relatable

    The story invoked strong personal emotions

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Comments (13)

  • Dr. Jason Benskin26 days ago

    Congratulations on having your story featured as a top story on Vocal! This is a remarkable achievement, and it's clear why your work has received such recognition. Your storytelling is truly exceptional. The narrative was not only compelling but also beautifully crafted, holding my attention from start to finish. The way you developed the characters and plot was masterful, making the story both engaging and thought-provoking. Your unique voice and perspective shine through, setting your work apart. It’s evident that you poured a lot of passion and effort into this piece, and it has certainly paid off. I look forward to reading more of your incredible stories in the future. Keep up the fantastic work! Best regards, Dr. Jay

  • Natasha Collazo26 days ago

    🥳 congrats!

  • Cyrusabout a month ago

    Congrats on TS!

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    This is adorable! Congrats on TS!

  • JBazabout a month ago

    What is said in the silence and space Love this Well done and congratulations

  • Shirley Belkabout a month ago

    Nailed it! Simple and profound. Congratulations on your Top Story.

  • Raihana H.about a month ago

    Interesting. I wonder what she wanted to say🤔 your writing grabs people's attention. Very intriguing. Congrats on top story!

  • Darkosabout a month ago

    Brilliant! love to read it says so much ☺️! 🩷 Congratulations on Top story ! 🌞

  • Kendall Defoe about a month ago

    It says so much with very little. Excellent Top Story!

  • Cindy Calderabout a month ago

    Congratulations on the Top Story.

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    Congratulations on Top Story! 🥳 I'll admit I have no idea what isn't being said here, but I'm intrigued by the tension you create through the structure. I've read your dialogue poem several times and come away with a different answer for myself each time. I like that. I so appreciate that quote, too. Humans are the only beings known to have a meta state of awareness, knowledge of knowledge and that space between impetus and action. The pause, they say, is where conscience lives. Can you tell me what is being said/not said. Is it, "I love you"? Or is someone admitting/denying being LGBTQ+? Is it something else altogether that's happening here? I have loads of ideas... But maybe you don't want to put it out there? Please feel free to answer or not -- I don't want to spoil the mystery for other readers. 😊

  • Kelli Sheckler-Amsdenabout a month ago

    Great job!! Congrats on your top story

  • Matthew Frommabout a month ago

    ohh wow i'm glad this made it to top story, this is wonderful.

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