The Lame Shall Walk

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers for May 23.

The challenge is to write a 100-word story inspired by the photo prompt.

Play along by writing your own, reading others and/or commenting on the flashes we fictioneers create.

My piece weighs in this week at exactly 100 words.

Copyright Erin Leary

Copyright Erin Leary


The Lame Shall Walk

Crippled since birth, Jeanine always dreamed of leaping to the top of a fence and walking along it the way some of her more athletic classmates did. After hours of work with her physical therapist, she learned to walk short distances on her own. Still, mobilization remained challenging for her.

When the accident happened, Jeanine’s world went black. In the distance, she could see a faint light. As she headed toward it, the light grew wider, then brighter. Through the fog, Jeanine saw a fence. She hopped up on it, caught her balance and began to run. This was heaven!

20 thoughts on “The Lame Shall Walk

  1. Nan Falkner says:

    Marie Gail, Very well written, poignant, moving, and makes me sad/happy all at the same time. Good job! Nan 🙂

  2. Dear Marie Gail,

    I love it that the end was truly her beginning. In few words you made me feel her pain, frustration and determination. In the end she’s rewarded but not in the way we necessarily want to see. Bravo!



  3. Happy-sad story. Hope heaven is what its made out to be.

  4. A hope, but still with that lingering sadness that some things go from bad to worse.

  5. JustDeb says:

    Good story! Hope lives!

  6. K.Z. says:

    i should be sad, i suppose, but i’m happy that she found happiness in the next life. beautiful story.

    • storydivamg says:

      I wouldn’t feel too obligated to be sad, K.Z. Neither Jeanine nor I are too broken up over this ending. 😉

      Thanks for reading. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      Marie Gail

  7. Sun says:

    suffering through a disability – such a tough challenge. your character persists and now finds her reward. wonderful story.

  8. Sandra says:

    A double edged story. Beautifully done.

  9. Marie Gail, A lovely story and what many of us dream Heaven will be like. Well written. 🙂 Susan

    • storydivamg says:

      Thank you, Susan. I don’t know that there’s anyway to glimpse into the Great Beyond before passing on ourselves, but I do hope there are such pleasures awaiting.

      All my best,
      Marie Gail

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