Writing 101 – Prompt 5

Today’s Prompt: You stumble upon a random letter on the path.You read it. It affects you deeply, and you wish it could be returned to the person to which it’s addressed. Write a story about this encounter.

Today’s twist: Approach this post in as few words as possible.

On a cool crisp October evening, walking through the woods to enjoy the early autumn air and the passionate bold colors of the season, I saw a small envelope on the path. The writing was slanted and written in green ink, addressed to an unknown friend. Curious, I picked up the letter and started reading.

The contents were about life. The trials and triumphs the writer had experience and the regrets of losing a dear friend. How the loss affecting them and their wish to be back in each other lives. How time was short for this wish to come true, for death was due to knock on the door due to the losing battle to an incurable disease with hopes of only months to live.

The loss and wishes of the writer moved me. Made me want to get these two friends together, to help them reconnect and make up lost time. However, I had no idea how, and was starting to feel embarrassed by reading such a personal letter. How does one go up and explain the truth without getting other people upset? The best I could think of was to write another letter explaining the incident that occurred in the woods and hope for the best as I send out my letter and the original to the recipient. Not knowing what will happen or how lives will be affected. Taking the lessons of the letter and moving on with my own life.


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