Second Thoughts










She will never forget the way the September air felt on her skin, its sweet caress pressing with acceleration; an almost-kiss.

Driving down a twisted coastal highway, her thoughts eat up the road. She knows how to drive; her senses keen, demeanor refined as creamy leather.

There are many different entry points for this story, she muses, engaging the rear-view mirror with a glance. Fast and aware, panicked and slow… or fearless? 

“Last hairpin turn.” She lowers her chin and narrows her gaze.

Around the bend, the autumn sun rises over a shimmering gold beach to the east. She stops abruptly, even though she is halfway home.

Wading into the water, her gauze dress still soaked with the scent of Acqua di Gio, she washes herself clean, like a baptismal rite of passage into new life.

I’m going back, she decides, sand sticking with each hurried step, hair dripping in the ocean breeze… the sky the most brilliant shade of blue she’s ever seen.



34 thoughts on “Second Thoughts

  1. Hmmm… I wonder what changed her mind. But that’s another story, isn’t it..:)
    I love the line, “there are many different entry points for this story.” It raises so many possibilities.
    Nice job, Kelly.

    • Hi George! Thank you. I think she knows what she wants, but is she going home or somewhere else?
      Hope all is well, planning on some blog reading later today. Good to see you! 🙂

  2. That’s a beautiful, and very sensual piece of writing, Kelly. I think I understand her a bit. Maybe, we all do. 💘

  3. Lovely writing, Kelly. I was hoping she wasn’t going over the cliff! I love how you left it open which way she’s heading. Beautiful imagery and a powerful sense of freedom, resolve, and adventure.

    • Well, falling in love is similar to falling off a cliff, right? But I think I have a better destination in mind for her!
      Your perspective is always so special to me. Thank you, Diana. xo

  4. This is writing that comes to life. It is one of those times that I can feel so tangibly what you are describing, but I have never had the words to articulate those moments. Thanks for sharing. Simply lovely.

  5. I am amazed by the intensity you are able to convey feelings with your words. Beautiful, I even smelled the water!

  6. ooh – now it makes me wonder where ‘back’ is for her, and why she left? great writing kelly, really leaves the reader wondering….

  7. This was beautifully expressed with several evocative passages. I like when authors leave you to imagine to your heart’s content, Kelly. Each of us has the ending within ourselves.
    Loved your sincere and warm, caring words you imparted to me on my blog. I will carry them with me, with a calm spirit and soaring hope. 🙂 Thanks so much!

    • Thank you, Robin, for such a lovely comment! So glad you liked this little piece! You are always so sweet – it’s bloggers like you that make writing here so enjoyable. Have a great weekend! xo

  8. If she turned around, I think she has definitely settled on not going home again! The baptismal wash made me sigh, such lovely imagery. I meant to ask if this is your own beautiful photo, Kelly? 🙂

    • LOL! You’ve made up your mind, eh? Well, just like the road she’s on, this story could take many different turns, I suppose.
      And no, not my photo, but I wish it was! I either use my own or those that I’m certain are free to use and share from various places.
      Thanks again, Robin xoxo

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