Welcome to the 2017 Blogging A-to-Z Challenge! I’ll be blogging my way through the alphabet the entire month of April, taking a break on Sundays, for a total of 26 posts! This year I am writing short stories based on a word that starts with the letter of the alphabet. The 26 fictional stories are not related to one another. This is a chance for me to exercise my imagination and explore creative writing which I have not done since college. Learn more about the blogging challenge HERE!
The theme for today’s story is Knot.
It was Jo’s junior year of college and she felt young, wild, and free at the prospect of uncovering her future. She was recently single and looked forward to the summer where she could save up some money from life-guarding and come home every day to her very own off-campus apartment.
At her first day on the job she met Alex and the two of them hit it off almost immediately. She had no plans of dating so soon after her break-up but Alex excited her and the two of them had chemistry like nothing she had felt before. They saw each other almost every day at work and when they were not assigned to the same shift they made a point of hanging out at the local bar and by the end of the summer they knew so much about one another it was like they had known each other for years.
When the fall semester started, Alex moved into her place. He had graduated in May but stuck around in the city for his new job. They met each other’s friends and when the holidays came around they decided to spend Thanksgiving with Alex’s family and Christmas with Jo’s. By the new year they were engaged and planning to tie the knot in June, just after Jo’s graduation.
There were jobs taken and jobs lost, promotions and re-locations, and through it all Jo and Alex’s bond grew deeper and their lives more enmeshed. Physically and emotionally they were inseparable.
A few years later they had their first child and life became brighter and sometimes the reflection a bit too intense. Their child was quickly tied into their love and the result was a more complex life, albeit one they cherished.
And as their child grew older, the two of them grew but not together. Alex and Jo began to snip at one another in ways they never used to. Their patience frayed and it was something that came too easily as if they relished fighting with one another. There came a point where the two of them felt that cutting the bond of their marriage was the only solution to their troubles. But, after a few years their love for another grew tighter and stronger.
Many years later, at their 60th wedding anniversary celebration, Jo and Alex renewed their wedding vows with a hand fasting. They felt the symbolism was perfect for them and something they could only appreciate 60 years on. With their frail hands clasped together, their child wove the rope around them to show that the knot that bound their hands was never-ending just like their lives with one another and that it was these knots that held them together.
And with this post that makes eleven down and 15 more to go! Thank you for reading my short story. What did you think? If you are here with the Blogging A-to-Z Challenge, please leave a comment below because I would love to check out your posts!
P.S. Check out my other short stories HERE!