Flash Fiction: A Singular Choice

A Singular Choice

I didn’t want to go in there. This was my choice, I know, but now I’m having second thoughts.

I slowly made my way up the long, winding steps that led to the building’s main entrance.

Why am I doing this? Things were fine at home. Sure, Stevie can be annoying, but that didn’t seem so bad right now.

Mom and Dad had said it was up to me, my choice. That I’m old enough to be choosing these kinds of things for myself. Having that freedom, that responsibility had been so exciting at the time.

But now I wasn’t so sure I’d made the right choice.

But it was too late now, right?

I reached the top of that impossibly long sidewalk and paused in front of the main entrance doors. Hitching the bag (purchased brand new just last week) higher on my shoulder, I decided that I now had no choice but to push through the fear and doubt that had creeped up on me and just do it.

Taking one final deep breath of the freedom-infused outside air, I pushed open the main entrance door and walked in, underneath the giant letters that hung above the entrance: SQUIRREL HILL HIGH.

Author’s Note: This story is part of the Squirrel Hill High universe, which includes the novel “Digital Me”.


About JMVarnerBooks

With the days of international travel behind him, J. M. Varner now exercises his language skills in his English classroom and on the page. A second life as an author affords him another way to encourage his students and fans to read, write, and think independently. Borrowing terms from noted media critic Neil Postman, Mr. Varner summarizes his 'Philosophy of Fiction': "Writing a novel is a creative process of World Building and Word Weaving. Authors build worlds in our minds; these can be fantastical worlds or fictionalized variations of our own reality. By writing and rewriting, we weave these worlds into words on the page." Mr. Varner is currently writing the next novel in the "Squirrel Hill High" series, a series launched with the debut novel, "Digital Me". Set in a fictional high school located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at Squirrel Hill High students and teachers live through true-to-life drama in the emotionally charged environment of the American high school.
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