The portal awaits: what will Frank do?

We all have a strong connection to our past, our history – its what gives us our identity. But what would happen if we were cut off from the past, removed from that life? If you were given the opportunity to return, would you?

That’s the situation facing Frank. We find him standing in front of the portal which has opened a path back home to Earth. He’s been stuck on this planet with its purple twilight for 6 years and until now only dreamed of going back home, he had accepted he was stuck here, permanently cut off. Now he can go home, but Frank is hesitating, he is in is conflict; he has a dilemma. The pull to go home is strong, but Frank now has two homes, since he met and married Violet on this planet, this is also his home, with Violet and baby Frank.

Frank has to chose his path – return to the past and his old life, or stay with Violet and move forward, making his future here.

The past is a different place and Frank needs to move forward rather than backwards. His new life is here, he turns away from the portal and heads back to the town and his family.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Created in response to Sadje’s What do you see prompt #170


  1. Your story has a very important message in it. Moving forward is a better choice for most of us, no matter how attractive past May seem. Thanks Brenda for joining in.

  2. Brenda, a perfect short story for that image! Frank made the correct decision I believe. I hesitate to think that trying to return to the past will be an advantage in most cases, especially after 6 years. He is a different person now…

    • Thanks Deb. I struggled a lot trying to write this, but im happy with the result. And yes, I think Frank came to that decision too. A lot can happen in 6 years.

  3. Love this take on the prompt and YAY for Frank choosing the path he did! Well done, Brenda! 💞💞💞

    • Thank you. I would imagine the temptation to return to the familiar must be real, but I suspect its more nostalgia. We tend to focus on special memories when we think about the past

  4. I wonder about Frank’s past and what it was that made him decide to stay. It must be bad because he could have taken Violet and baby Frank with him?
    Sometimes, it’s good to take a step back to get on the right path again. I’ve found myself in that position a few times.
    Great storytelling that got me thinking outside of the box, Brenda.

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