The Choice

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both…”

“Well, you should have turned back and taken the other road as soon as you realised that this one was leading you nowhere!”

Melissa knew that Mark was shouting because he’d been worried that something terrible had happened to her. When he and Tim arrived at their meeting venue and realised she wasn’t there they had started a search. Tim asked passers-by if they’d seen a dark-haired, athletic-looking woman riding a bike while Mark retraced his steps to where the roads diverged. It was then he noticed that the direction arrow was pointing the wrong way.

“Well, you’ve found me now and I’m okay so stop worrying.”

“But why didn’t you answer your phone when I called you?”

Melissa watched as beads of sweat fell from his creased forehead which made him look older than his years. She ruffled his short blonde hair and smiled.

“Sorry I didn’t hear it. You and Tim shouldn’t have made a bet involving me in the first place. That’s why I came with you.”

“Wh-what, you knew? We’ll talk about this later. Come on, let’s get you out of here. Where’s your bike?”

Melissa pointed to a spot behind him and he walked over to get it.

“Well, I’ll be damned!” Melissa heard him shout and ran across to where he was standing. They both stood transfixed as they watched the bramble clear away as if by magic to reveal a new road. Melissa felt like Alice in Wonderland except she hadn’t fallen down a rabbit hole. Her mind said, “Don’t go down there it might be dangerous,” but her heart said, “This is an adventure.” She listened to her heart and ran down the path leaving Mark behind.

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