Enough is Enough : Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner

This is week number four in the Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner challenge curated by Roger Shipp. Thanks Roger!

For my Facebook and Twitter followers this is a writing challenge. To read the story you have to click on the link (smiles)


Enough is Enough

“Enough is enough,” he muttered under his breath.

Leaving the house this morning, one solitary idea prevailed.

He had to get away. To escape these never ending conflicts.

The idea had come without premeditation as he was closing the door behind him.

He’d taken the key from his pocket and dropped it back through the letterbox. The sound of it clinking on the tiled floor was an alarm bell, a wake up call.

So he’d walked to the end of the street, then to the edge of town and then continued walking.

The crunch of the gravel under his feet as he walked was strangely therapeutic. It seemed to block out all those disturbing thoughts.

He had no idea of where he was headed, only of where he no longer wished to be.

He was unprepared. He hadn’t packed. He’d left his phone on the kitchen table and his wallet in his warm winter coat.

As he walked around the next bend he suddenly felt that he had walked far enough away to think clearly.

Certainly enough was enough, but now it was time to make a decision.

Should he go blindly onwards or return to face the music?


  1. angietrafford · January 22, 2016

    That’s a dilemma indeed, carry on with no preparation or money, or go back to answer questions about why he walked out! I think I would have just carried on walking…

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 22, 2016

      It would be so easy to do wouldn’t it and face the conflict (much ) later. Thanks Angie (How many words now?)

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      • angietrafford · January 22, 2016

        My work in progress is just about to hit 80,000 words 🙂


      • Graham Lawrence · January 22, 2016

        I’d better revise the 78K that floats in my mind then. Awesome Angie! I’m so impressed and excited for you.

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  2. Priceless Joy · January 22, 2016

    Wonderful story! He has a decision to make. I have a feeling he will face the music. Well, at least long enough to gather his things.

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  3. writersdream9 · January 23, 2016

    You and I went along similar paths. Yours is excellent. Filled with tension and leving me to fill in the blanks!

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 23, 2016

      Yes we did didn’t we 🙂

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  4. luckyjc007 · January 23, 2016

    This is great! It expresses the frustration being felt and the need to get away for a while and sort things out before making a decision.

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 23, 2016

      It’s motivating when your intention has been understood. Thanks


  5. Sonya · January 23, 2016

    I know the feeling of having to walk away before I can think… You captured it well!

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 23, 2016

      Thanks Sonya. Your comments are motivating:-)


  6. Martin Flux · January 24, 2016

    Sometimes we reach a point where tuning everything else out is the only way to think. When we’re upset, ‘leave me alone’ is our first line of defence – but if that does not work walking out might be the only way. Very well observed, and very well captured!

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 24, 2016

      Thanks Martin. I really appreciate your comments:-)

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  7. Yolanda Renee · January 25, 2016

    To disappear without a word, find a new life, start over – all things we/I sometimes wish I could do. Well done!


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  8. Sally · January 25, 2016

    He should keep walking but then on the other hand …….. Great writing.

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  9. amymorrisjones · January 25, 2016

    Just found your blog through the Roger Shipp challenge. This piece reminds me of how often the stupidest things we do are also the bravest. I like the notion of walking away as therapeutic.

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 25, 2016

      I’m glad you found my blog. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Walking away is sometimes the best thing to do but if gorse not always!

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  10. mandibelle16 · January 26, 2016

    A very thought provoking story. I remember as a girl of about 8 I kept telling my Mother I was going to run away. She let me and I kept walking down a few blocks before she ran after me. She was so mad. But the walking got rid of my tantrum. I think your character has walked off his anger and knows he needs to go back to survive. It’s rational. He needs the basics, if he is to survive, even a cold winters night. He can always leave again. How I wonder does he get back? Does he have the energy to walk that far? Great story.

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 26, 2016

      Perhaps it’s like climbing a tree. It’s easy to climb up but often harder to come back down.

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  11. rogershipp · January 29, 2016

    Such compulsion to get away… and then the self-control to stop and think. So few people are capable of such an intense dichotomy so quickly. I think that dichotomy would be a great gifting! Enjoyed the read. So glad you could participate this week. Hope to hear from you in Week #5.

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    • Graham Lawrence · January 29, 2016

      Thanks for your thoughtful comments. I’ll be contributing next week but will be away on vacation afterwards so might miss a few weeks. But. I’ll be back!

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