SPF: Leave out all the rest

12 J Hardy Carroll 06 August 2017© J Hardy Carroll

He had come to this abandoned building because he needed some privacy. He needed time to think about everything that was going on in his life. He had gone there for peace and quiet but annoyingly the sidewalk was incredibly busy and he was always interrupted.

Never one to be stopped from a plan, he walked to where he knew some roadworks were taking place. There he spotted a sign which was going to be perfect. With it under his arm, his feet travelled back to the building where he placed the sign on that busy sidewalk.

Smiling because his idea was a success he finally managed to be his own. The idea was that he was going to think of a way out of the situation that he found himself in.

Sadly, the voice of self-doubt was not exactly quiet when there were no one else’s voices to interrupt it. By the time a few hours had passed he was convinced that he was useless and nobody liked him. All he ever wanted was for people to keep him in their memory.

By the next day, he was dead.

Strong on the surface, not all the way through.

Written for Sunday photo fiction and Dedicated to Chester Bennington.

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14 thoughts on “SPF: Leave out all the rest

  1. A great way to remember Chester. He was a big part of my life as my kids were growing up. We were all devastated when we heard of his death. Unfortunately, when self doubt gets a hold, it is very difficult for anyone to dislodge it. The voice starts being ingrained and is heard above everyone and everything else.

    Can you do me a small favour Angie – if you want to that is. Would you be able to put a suicide helpline number on the end?

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