Navigating by Stars

A Short Short Story

by Mark Russell Gelade

Wonderful economy with heartrending trajectory. A great story.

I will think of this story at every roadside memorial I see.

This story strikes eerily and uncannily close to home, right down to the very coast and roadway where I lost a brother.

I see those roadside memorials and often wonder about the story behind them. I always think the crosses and flowers represent a future interrupted. I think of my troubles as my happiness interrupted. It was a surprising comfort to picture a truck's arc off a cliff blending smoothly into the water and the horizon, without the driver's useless judgment or regret.

Beautiful. So short and yet so full.

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