Prompt: August 18th, 2020

Jordan will be the source of all my pain and the love of my life.

“Jordan will be the source of pain for you!” My mother’s eyes are even more frantic than her voice, flowing through the phone. I knew I should’ve started with my father, but when she answered the phone, my plans just came tumbling out.

“The source of all my pain? Mom, really? It’s a country, not a shitty boyfriend.”

“Don’t get smart with me. You also said once that the love of your life was in Jordan, but you’re not together anymore. What are you going to do if you see him?”

“He’s not in Jordan anymore, Mom, and even if he was, Amman is really not that small.” I let the exasperation bleed into my voice, knowing that the mention of a concrete destination will only induce further panic. I hear her draw a breath and brace myself.

“It’s dangerous there you know.”

“It’s dangerous here, Mom.”

“Stop that.”

“I can’t live a life ruled by the possibility of being hurt.”

Published by K. E. Diller

Young adult attempting to do a million things at once, including write books and follow my dreams.

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