The Life I Chose

The Life I Chose

A Story by GwenLark
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This is flash fiction based from the lyrics of a song written by my friend Ryan

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The lawyers have fucked me again.
I can't keep shelling out all this money. I just want a pint and a joint at the end of the day. When did that become so hard?
I'm sick of waking up on my mum's sofa, unable to afford a scratchcard, never mind a six-pack of Carling. I feel like I'm the only one who still lives like this.
Why can't I just settle down, find a girl that loves me, have somewhere to kick my shoes off that isn't at the door of where I have lived since I was 10 and have a career, rather than just a job?
I miss the days where I came home with grass stains on my jeans and the smell of campfire smoke in my hair' instead of scraping together every penny from a mediocre job to afford a s****y one-bedroom flat in the dankest, darkest scheme in the west of Scotland.
I wish I could still phone up people on a Tuesday for a joint.
But, I suppose, this is the life I chose.

© 2017 GwenLark



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GwenLark
Small, fun collaboration.Hope it reads as well as the lyrics did

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This sounds very authentic although I'm far from that stage of life myself! I still dream about some of the great times I've had in the past that seems to be slipping from my fingers now. Life is a mystery! There are lots of spaces in this tale which might make an interesting story. My daughter works in Glasgow and does all sorts of volunteering type work - not much money but shes not materialistic and life is very fulfilling. Not for everyone though!
Cheers, Alan
You might enjoy my story called 'Old firm' - a funny take on guess what!

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GwenLark

1 Month Ago

I'd be happy to give that a read!



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Use to live in Glasgow as a pup, haha. I'm sure the lyrics are fair. Gave me a good laugh and reminded me of my brother Eric

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I think you need a little more context here. Why mentions lawyers when the reader has no idea how they have an impact?

Are you waking up on your mom's sofa or are you in a s****y one-bedroom flat? In such a short piece I am looking for flawless consistency.

I find I have zero sympathy for the POV character given they spend their money on lottery tickets, booze, and drugs. If you add a describable dream of theirs (whether it is traveling the world, owning a home, etc.) with detail, it'd make a good break from the depressing tone. However, if you want it to be depressing and do not care about evoking empathy, you've hit the nail on the head!

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GwenLark

1 Month Ago

Thanks for your feedback. My plan for the piece is to just tell the story of so many people in the p.. read more
fwvalidus

1 Month Ago

I'm not from Scotland and I have only been there once for two weeks when I was 12 (beautiful place, .. read more
I have heard this exact rant from people in my own life- so on-point, real. Great style, believable, authentic conversational lines. Nuances subtle but present -Bad life choices, bad life outcomes...well-written!

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Great imagery, love the realness.

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This is my first review so am not sure how the ratings work but I have read a few pieces on the website and this is the first one I really like. I just love the realism.

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GwenLark

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much. I hope you read more!
I liked the realistic feel of the words. Simple needs become important when we can't have them. Logical ending to the entertaining story. Thank you Gwen for sharing the excellent tale.
Coyote

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GwenLark

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much! Very grateful
Coyote Poetry

1 Month Ago

You are welcome Gwen.
This sounds very authentic although I'm far from that stage of life myself! I still dream about some of the great times I've had in the past that seems to be slipping from my fingers now. Life is a mystery! There are lots of spaces in this tale which might make an interesting story. My daughter works in Glasgow and does all sorts of volunteering type work - not much money but shes not materialistic and life is very fulfilling. Not for everyone though!
Cheers, Alan
You might enjoy my story called 'Old firm' - a funny take on guess what!

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

GwenLark

1 Month Ago

I'd be happy to give that a read!

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Tags: the life i chose, ordinary, normal, pint, joint, growing up, flash fiction, ryan, ryan monteith, short story, lyrics, song

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GwenLark
GwenLark

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom



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