the last great adventure

Every morning, he rose from the warmth of his bed and journeyed to his front porch.  There, standing in the dark and cold, his breath billowing in struggling puffs of white, he stood his ground and scanned the horizon.

He missed her with an ache that numbed him to the absurdity of what he was doing, numbed him to the physical pain of the icy air chilling his bones.   He watched and waited for the phantom sunrise that would bring his love back to him.  Eventually the darkness would warm, and then glow, and then the sun would slip over the edge of the world and blind his frantically searching gaze.  Only then would he, shaking, broken and tired, return inside to warm up and start his day.

All of it was a waste: the early hours, the self sacrifice, the waiting.  For when he met her again, the sun would be kissing the western horizon rather than the eastern.  She never returned to him, but he would venture forth, his last great adventure, in search of her.

The neighbor that happened to stop by the following day would close his sightless eyes and remark that was the happiest he had seen the old man in years.

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Word Count: 207

Another Halloween inspired word for this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge:

PHANTOM (noun)

1   a :  something apparent to sense but with no substantial existence :  APPARITION
b :  something elusive or visionary
c :  an object of continual dread or abhorrence <the phantom of disease and want>
2 :  something existing in appearance only
3 :  a representation of something abstract, ideal, or incorporeal <she was a phantom of delight — William Wordsworth>

Remember:

  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • If your post doesn’t meet our requirements, please leave your link in the comments section, not in the linkz.
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38 thoughts on “the last great adventure

  1. *sigh*, the last line was so well written, tears sprang to my eyes.

    the waiting (and wishing and hoping) will always be the hardest part.

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