• Wayward Emotions (another five-minute #freewrite for ‘cologne’)

    My walk home seems longer than normal. The sun fights through the overcast sky and promises to bring light to my world, but it’s deceptive; a flagrant liar that yearns to bring hope then fling it away before it can warm my chilled heart. It’s been twenty years and yet I still feel the raw emotion of that which I felt when I was young and stupid. The man I just passed. He is to blame. The same cologne that embraced me that night now embraces me once again, haunting my past and present in one heart-wrenching sweep. Would my life be different now if I had succumbed back then?…