Three Stories Of You by John Riley

There’s a story of you who says to go on, to walk the room, to pretend to contemplate. Promises that if you lift your hand your head will follow. Assures you when your bones reignite there will be day, there will be night, and you’ll know which is which. Don’t worry about the door, this story says.

There’s a story of you who says big things wait outside the door. Let me give you a taste, he says, and lures a city into the vestibule. Streets spread throughout the house. Get on your knees, he says. Crawl the city limits. Don’t worry, you’ll be welcomed. It’s night in the city. All the streets end at a wall. The harbor laps the door.

There’s a story of you who says he wishes you weren’t here. There’s little left to negotiate, he says. It’s time to leave the false starts behind. He introduces you to his regrets, refuses to negotiate, walks you down the hall. At the door he shakes his head before you can beg, slips an arm around your shoulder. We both need a new direction, he says. Walking out the door you tell him he’s the story of you that you like best.

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14 responses to “Three Stories Of You by John Riley

  1. Powerful final line and a nice job of exploring the threesome theme. Not only is this well written, but it would inspire a fantastic writing prompt!

  2. Original and provocative writing! Like these a lot!

  3. len kuntz

    loved this. terrific.

  4. Michelle

    Wow, John, I really love this. There’s a story of you… such a wonderful way to take this theme and work it into something really complex and real. Great way to end this year, this one. Thanks for this — I think it will stick with me a while.

  5. John Riley

    Thanks, everyone for your kind words. I wish I’d discovered 52/250 sooner.

  6. This one made me work hard for the reward. Very thought provoking and original.

  7. great format. yes, thought provoking, so good.

  8. I’ve read this several times, and I’m not sure I understand everything here- more emotion than story. But I love the ending. Seems romantic and sad.

  9. i like a challenge and this story provides it and leads me deeper into the recesses of my own mind and the stories therein. thank you.

  10. Thanks for the nice comments.

  11. This was really fantastic writing!

  12. i love this piece & always wonder what the other stories of you are.

  13. Pingback: Week #52 – Threesome | 52|250 A Year of Flash

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