Pills (Photo credit: ShawnOster)

She was gone every day before dawn, but the extra time Lucy had been putting in didn’t pay off as the project she had been wanting went to a male colleague. She worked late into the evening only to still get stuck in traffic. She wolfed down a gas station package of chocolate doughnuts and a soda for dinner while sitting two hours in traffic only to arrive home after dark. Once home Lucy stripped down and turned on the TV to some reality show. It didn’t matter though, as she muted the catty bickering, crawled into bed, turned on her favorite CD and took the little blue pills that opened a door to her imaginary world away from work, bills, and traffic.

A violet sky with lullabies written in the clouds above a field of paper poppies lured Lucy away from the doorway as the night progressed. The wind whispered the stories of the rain until the alarm rang and it was time for Lucy to begin her day in the real world again.

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Trifecta: Week Seventy-Five

This week’s word is:


1: a usually swinging or sliding barrier by which an entry is closed and opened; also : a similar part of a piece of furniture
2: doorway
3: a means of access or participation : opportunity <opens new doors> <door to success>
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11 thoughts on “Imaginary

  1. jannatwrites says:

    That is not a fun life. I hope Lucy can find a way to work to live rather than live to work. Everyone needs free time and something besides gas station fare for dinner!

  2. Great use of the prompt. What a life…

  3. […] Part 1: Imaginary […]

  4. KymmInBarcelona says:

    Donuts and pretty pills to combat the rat race! Stark and cautionary.

  5. Draug419 says:

    You make popping those pills sound like a good idea 😉 Great piece!

  6. joetwo says:

    What a sad life. But I like the line at the end. As if her dreams make her life worth living.

  7. It’s sad to see that a fictional world would be desired over the real one, but unfortunately for some people that seems the only way to gain happiness.

    Thanks for linking up! Don’t forget to come back to vote!

  8. So sad to be a victim to a chemical reality.

  9. ann bennett says:

    Lucy will not last long. Go figure why she might have lost the plum assignment. Well told albeit tragic tale.

  10. atrm61 says:

    What a tragic & sad excuse for a life!I hope she finds a way out if this pill popping journey & opens a better door:-)Nice job !

  11. rangewriter says:

    I’m sure this one is played out way too often. Sad. Lucy needs a life, not pills.

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