Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers Challenge for Week of March 8, 2016
Hosted by Priceless Joy
(Photo provided by Louise with The Storyteller’s Abode.)
The head-long collision with the wall shattered him. Doctors said he might never regain short-term memory and would certainly never walk again, but he said that wasn’t for them to determine. After straining his broken body’s limits, he pushed his spirit. Now he was ready to share what he’d learned throughout the world.
“What becomes physically impossible may be spiritually attainable.” With those words, he turned and slowly ascended steep stairs. He passed under three archways—mythological thresholds from ordered time and space (chronos) into a “supreme moment” (kairos), like that instance he chased a baseball tumbling through the night above a spacious outfield while everything around him slowed as if temporarily frozen against time’s relentless march.
Anyone watching his wobbly progress with moistened lips and swelling ego while anticipating a rush of schadenfreude was crushed. A bittersweet aftertaste reminded his supporters they had to let go of his past greatness to see him rise above it. People who said he was crazy were reminded they’d also said he’d never walk again.