sanctuary #WritePhoto

Photo courtesy of Sue Vincent

I topple recklessly down the stairs, hands flailing, no thought of falling in my panic to flee. I sprint to the door, both arms in front of me, only to find it locked.

A fresh cascade of tears falls on my hands as I turn the lock and knob in a frenzy. I fling the door open with a backward glance. I bolt, sobbing and panting, into the night air.

I quickly confront the large stone wall. Like a penned animal, I scamper alongside it, looking for an opening.

Whimpering with frustration, my hand on the cool stones, I feel my way to a small portal. I lift the latch with shaking hands and push through the gate. The sound of a step on gravel snaps somewhere behind me, followed by an angry curse.

I hurtle into the darkness.

By morning, I am disheveled and exhausted, but still moving. I feel the air on my skin where my bodice is torn. I begin to think again. 

As the sun climbs higher, I finally notice the unknown path I somehow find myself traveling. Dreamlike, a sea of lavender heather surrounds me. I glance upward where a hawk soars high in the sky. In the distance, I spot a diminutive spire amidst the green trees of a valley. 

A sudden rush of gratitude flooding through me, I trudge forward. 

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Many thanks to Sue Vincent for this week’s #WritePhoto prompt.

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22 Responses to sanctuary #WritePhoto

  1. Really atmospheric. I was near to exhaustion just reading it, thank goodness it calmed down!

    My story!

  2. Sue Vincent says:

    A breathless tale…ending with beauty.I feelthat way sometimes driving north to walk in the heather.

    • earthskyair says:

      Oh dear, but it seems a lot of life is like that lately – stressors chasing us down. Good to have a place to escape to and nothing beats nature. Thank you for the awesome photo prompt and for your comment!🌷

  3. earthskyair says:

    Yikes! I see. So when you do get there and discover the heather in bloom, you’ve definitely arrived at a little bit of heaven.

  4. Jules says:

    I had rotating photos when I open my computer (not sure who to credit? Dell?) Anyway they had a photo of a heather field in Poland last week.

    I enjoyed your story 🙂

    • earthskyair says:

      Lol! A dizzying experience. What a coincidence, too. The heather photo for this prompt came courtesy of Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo. Beautiful. Thank you for reading, and for your kind words! Have a beautiful day! 🌷

      • Jules says:

        I almost thought it could have been from the same place, but Sue’s is from her area in Europe (not Poland) – the photos don’t rotate… they occasionally repeat though. They change about every day more or less. 😉

      • earthskyair says:

        Quite a coincidence. Or, who knows, maybe there’s a message in it somewhere.

      • Jules says:

        Some of my neighbors have heather plants. I tried planting it once… and it didn’t make it.
        I’m concentrating on my raised veg and herb garden this year 🙂

      • earthskyair says:

        Good for you. So satisfying to garden – anything! Gets you out in sync with nature. 🌱

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  7. willowdot21 says:

    Escape, I hope she finds peace and sanctuary 💜

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