|Source: Photographer Rachel Weill for the Wickaninish Inn|
Today's writing prompt for the AtoZ challenge is: Forest Path. Here is my entry:
Andi knew the way so well she could have walked the path easily on a moonless night at midnight. Ever since Alex’s disappearance over a year ago, she had followed the path, there and back, every single day. She couldn’t dismiss the thought that he might appear there. Somehow. And so she went to check for him, every day.
The planked boardwalk path was still holding solid, even though it had been installed nearly twenty years ago. The boardwalk protected the roots of the trees, she remembered her Dad telling her when he had built it, with Alex’s help, and hers. It was important to keep the trees healthy, he’d told them. The trees kept their secret hidden.
Only now, it wasn’t their secret anymore, Andi thought. It was simply hers. Alex was gone. After a year of checking and hoping, the finality of that thought hit home. Alex was gone. The secret felt so much bigger now that she was carrying it alone.
She thought of Marsha, Alex’s young wife, who still believed it was an ordinary plane crash, though the plane had never been found. Before, Alex had been on the brink of bringing her here to show her and explain. But now he would never have the chance. She thought of Alex’s young daughter. Someday, when the girl was older, Andi would have to find a way to share the secret with Samantha. After all, this place, and the secret, would be handed down to her.
I've challenged myself to create a writing prompt and write a short response to it each day of April as part of the A to Z blogging challenge. Read more about the A to Z blogging challenge here. If you feel inspired by the prompt today, feel free to post your own short response in the comments. Thanks for reading!