High Street Life

(c) Dawn M. Miller

Eat local. I can’t. Council’s turned all the bins into ones you can’t look into. I’m not rooting around in rubbish on the off-chance.

Sleep local. I would. Not allowed anymore. Shop’s complained. I’d leave way before they opened. It’s the warmth seeping out that made me sleep in the entrance. Since sleeping by the river, I can’t shake the sniffles.

Read local. I’d like to. You know how much a book costs? More than a day’s worth, these days. Mind, they don’t want me in there since the owner changed.

Had a life here once.

New town, I reckon.


Today, I’ve joined Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers for their inaugural challenge – find all the stories here.


21 thoughts on “High Street Life

  1. Oh I’m so glad you’re a part of the challenge as well!
    I liked this a lot – I love the use of short sentences, I find myself using them a lot too so I really appreciate that!!

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  2. Thank you for participating in the challenge! I love your story, but it is sad being it’s about a rejected homeless person. I imagine that just about all homeless people feel rejected by the people in their city.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, PJ!

      I’m glad there’s another challenge for me to participate in. Since I’ve embarked on this mad project of writing a story every day, I need all the inspiration I can get.

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    1. Thank you, Ellespeth! I love picture prompts – they offer a tiny glimpse into a writer’s brain by showing which part of the picture got it going. Mine just snatched up the words and ran with them 🙂


  3. I agree with Ellespeth, that is a very clever use of the sign in the window. The short sentences work well too. They are abrupt and in my eyes can symbolise how abruptly something can end for a homeless person. One minute he/she may be in one place, the next in another.

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