The Runaway


Tears trickled down from her eyes.


“How can you do this to us after all we’ve done for you?”
“Because I’ve my dreams to achieve”


Until then, she was so accustomed to living the life that she’d been living so far, that she never thought about living it any other way. But all this time, she’d known. Even in the comfort that she had lived so far, there was always an underlying uneasiness, a hunger that was never satiated.  But that day something changed within her and she could see what she wanted.


Leaving the comfort of her parents was difficult, yet she knew she had to. But she didn’t want to leave it for the sake of someone she didn’t love.


She’d been called a runaway. But she had no regrets. Nothing ever came easy. Nothing ever came without change. It had taken a lot of hard work, but now she was successful.


The phone rang breaking her chain of thought.


“Hello”, she said confidently.
The voice at the other end whispered. It was a voice that she knew very well, even after all these years.
“Mother!”, she said as she almost leaped with joy while tears trickled down from her eyes.


Today’s prompt is “You can choose courage or you can choose comfort [but] you cannot have both” – Brene Brown

16 responses to “The Runaway”

  1. Nupur says:

    Getting out of the comfort zone requires huge courage and yes, the quote is so so true. I feel somettimes we need to shed away the layers of comfort to reach reach the zone of courage.

  2. sulekha says:

    Reema, loved your post on courage. Imagine what she must have gone through to take that step. Am glad the mother called her daughter, forgiving her for going away and understanding why she did it. Lovely.

  3. Vinay Leo R. says:

    Ah. One may run away, but doesn’t increase the distance between hearts perhaps, even if one does pretend that there is distance. 🙂 Lovely tale, and lovelier ending.

  4. Moms forgive isnt it!!!! A tale of courage and bringing the hearts closer!!!

  5. writershilpa says:

    Comfort and courage never go hand in hand…one needs to let go of comfort to reach one’s goals. And, if the end is so sweet then it feels worth it all! 🙂

  6. Anchal says:

    You need to have a lot of courage to leave your comfort zone. Loved the beautiful ending.

  7. nuttynupur says:

    Good response to the prompt. The tug o’ war inside the protagonist comes across clearly.

  8. Ramya says:

    That’s great. I love when people choose emotions and love than past mistakes. Well written Reema.

  9. Parul Thakur says:

    That was sweet. She chose courage and was able to keep the love intact. A simple and good post, Reema!

  10. Obsessivemom says:

    That last bit made it perfect – that the people closest to you understand why you did something and accept it – that’s a good feeling.

  11. Vinitha says:

    Sweet story, Reema. I’m glad she chose courage over comfort. And it proved to be the right choice too. Guess her mom understood the same too. Loved the emotions, Reema.

  12. Rashmi says:

    Wow! This is beautiful! Loved how there’s never a distance between hearts, no matter how far one may run!

  13. Meha Sharma says:

    It sure does take courage to move from your comfort zone however small the leap may be. But, loved that you depicted how our parents are always our pillar of strength. Great post 🙂

  14. Storyteller says:

    she was really courageous….superb post

  15. Lovely write-up Reema. It’s true that parents will be the ones who will fight a lot for this, but they will be the ones who will support us in our move.

  16. Chiradeep says:

    It’s a wonderful story. It’s short and easy to understand the feelings that you wanted to portray here. It is usually not easy for us Indians to leave our comfortzones. I have seen people lazing at home on their parents money instead of making a living for themselves even till adults. And a female that you have portrayed had that courage to come of it… Reasons may be many but coming out itself needs lots of guts.

    Is it a life story? Though I shouldn’t ask that way in a public platform. My apologies… Lol… again an example of Indian mindset and habits.

    God bless you!

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