12-Minute Tales – A Sacrifice

“I don’t want to go back.”

“Seth, look. You can’t just stay–”

“Why not?”

“What about your family? Your loved ones?”

“Yeah. Okay. But they’ve got doughnuts here.”

“…Um, we have doughnuts in our dimension as well.”

“But these are way better. And way cheaper too. In fact everything is cheaper. Sometimes they just give away stuff for free even if you didn’t ask for it. Some guy just gave me his Ford Challenger for nothing in return. Everyone is so nice. There’s no war. People just sit around in cafes and talk about philosophy and the arts. Look, Nia, this is where I belong!”

Nia sighed. “But what about me? I thought we were friends…”

“I mean. You’re alright.”


“But look, you can live here too. They give houses away for free!”

“Seth…what if you’re wrong?”

“What do you mean? I just spoke with the real estate guy. He said that there’s too many houses and–”

“Not that. I mean, what if this place isn’t so great? Like, doesn’t there have to be some sort of catch?”

Seth thought for a moment. “Maybe. But, I’m willing to take that chance. Something in my heart just tells me this is where I’m meant to be. All my life I felt anomalous. Out of place. But here…it’s different…everything feels right…”

Nia sighed again and shrugged. “Well, guess I’m just going to have to find a new roommate then.”

“But, aren’t you going to stay…”

“No. Because I do have a life and I don’t feel like starting over. And I bet you, this dimension isn’t going to be nearly as great as you originally thought. Goodbye Seth.”

“Bye…” And with that Nia left Seth alone on the bench. Seth watched as Nia marched up the cobblestone road and turned into the dark alleyway where the portal was located. After she disappeared he continued staring at the empty road. Then he turned his gaze upward. The lights glowing silently above, the tree branches swayed by a gentle touch of breeze. Seth closed his eyes and wondered.

Written for Daily Writing Prompt #26.

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