Look Up

From a collection of 100-word stories & wonders

Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. A workaholic’s sudden heart attack opens his eyes to wonder. Photo by april, via flickr.


“Five hundred a day,” griped Brooks, plopping down beside Jen, “and damn sand gets in everything. Hand me my phone, will ya.” “Seriously?” said Jen. “Here, on Ka’anapali Beach, you’re gonna work? Nothing doing.” He fidgeted. “Sun’n surf, bub.” Halfway to the swelling Pacific, Brooks felt sick, dizzy. A moment later he couldn’t breathe. He came around flat on his back, staring up at a palm daubing clouds across the bluest canvas he’d ever seen. All sounds receded: urgent shouting voices, pulsing surf, wind-rattled fronds. Nestled in a billion warm grains, he went slack, happy just to look up.

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