Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Kimberly Gould Week 127: Simplicity

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Picture 2

Kimberly Gould’s Picture Choice: Both

Title: Simplicity

Vincent walked through the downtown, trying to find a quiet corner to read his paper and drink his coffee. The cardboard cup was almost painfully warm despite the collar meant to protect him from the heat. He turned and came to a halt. Did they ever finish construction? The path ahead of him was completely blocked by a gully filled with piping, rebar and other debris. It looked like a grave, where the city came to die. He considered throwing his coffee and paper in, screw the city and all it held. Bury the lot. A car drove past, tugging at Vincent’s jacket and proving his point.

Closing his eyes, he tried to find calm. Instead he heard more traffic, but one sound was different. Not unfamiliar, just periodic. A bus had pulled to a stop at the corner. Vincent tried to remember where it went, how long he could play hookie before returning to work. In the end, he decided he didn’t care. He’d been a decent employee; he could claim something at lunch had sent him home sick and no one would blink. Turning he stepped onto the bus, tucking the paper under his arm to pull out his wallet and pay the fare.

Once he sat, he could see the marquee displaying the destination, pioneer park. Vincent smiled. That sounded just about right. Sitting outside the old mill, he transferred his coffee to an earthenware mug and read a paper not so different from one that might have been printed a hundred years ago.

Sometimes, he just needed to cut out the crap and return to something simpler. Not easier, just simpler.


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Kimberly Gould is the author of Cargon: Honour and Privilege, and it's sequel Duty and Sacrifice. She can be found most places as Kimmydonn, including Kimmydonn.com



  1. You created a moment I share with the person in your story. The contast between the two pictures is clear. You have clearly distinguished them too. When have we all wanted to escape the busy lives that we lead? I know as one person I have.

  2. That precious moment of simplicity, away from chaos, noise and dust. You portray it brilliantly here. x