Photo courtesy of Marie Gail Stratford

Thank you Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Marie Gail for her photo prompt. Here’s my 100 word story.

The Quiet Apartment

Her new retreat house apartment looks out over the communal garden. Her beloved space, her miniature universe where all is well. The seasons turn undisturbed, where life’s purpose is clear.

She steps out into the loud city crowds, for errands, for her work at the school. The garden remains her compass, back, into its still calm.

What am I retreating from, she wonders.  Her previous life as wife, mother, teacher spent attending others? Here is a portal to a different universe, fizzing with possibilities. Undreamt of directions, all new to her. She is different here – where will it lead ?