Friday Fictioneers – Rolling Stone

© Copyright – Rachel Bjerke
© Copyright – Rachel Bjerke

In a town that stood still, I was the boy who couldn’t.  People were born, raised, taught, married, worked, and died in the same town without ever seeing the outside world.  There were never new streets, signs, roads, businesses or houses, only new generations.

I couldn’t do it.

I can’t have my history repeat itself because I haven’t forgotten it yet.  I can’t forget being in L.A., Taipei, Vienna, or Amsterdam while my only connections to that small town died.  I’ve had many apartments, hotel rooms, houses, but I was gone when I lost my home.  But you know what they say; “A rolling stone gathers no moss.”


24 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Rolling Stone”

  1. Perfect opening line – really liked that. I’m not sure whether he regrets losing his connection to the past or is celebrating it. He certainly sounds restless though. Well done.

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  2. A fine and moving story perfectly imagined for the prompt. Bookended by two brilliant lines, your beginning and your conclusion, your piece was what Friday Fictioneers is all about. happy to have read this.



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    1. When I was in high school, I read through a very comprehensive list of all the opening lines to famous novels. Ever since then, I’ve always put (probably more than necessary) emphasis on the first and last line. A short history of my developing writing style I suppose. Thank you for the kind words, it means a lot!


  3. I read into it probably more than intended. I read into that as much as he doesn’t want to stay in the same small town, he doesn’t want his life conformed to not just this small town but also the “normal behavior” the people have in this place. I read into it that he wants room to expand and grow as a person and reach heights that can never be obtained in this small town.

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