I search for a pay phone outside the airport. Haven’t seen my mother in three years and I’ve abandoned the idea of calling her Mom.

Until she answers, “Andrew? You alright, son?”

And it takes all my strength to say, “Yes, mom.”


Above 42 words inspired by Yeah Write #182


11 thoughts on “layover

  1. You told a whole story in those few words. I’ve imagined all sorts of things about them and their relationship, as well as the state Andrew is in right now. Great piece!

  2. Powerful and haunting scene in just a few words, and I put myself in the child’s/son’s place rather than the mother’s this time. FWIW, I’d love to see you expand on Andrew’s story.

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