*Sudden fiction – 750 words or less.
Give It Up – Franz Kafka
It was very early in the morning, the streets clean and deserted, I was walking to the station. As I compared the tower clock with my watch I realized that it was already much later than I had thought, I had to hurry; the shock of this discovery made me unsure of the way, I was still something of a stranger in this town; luckily, a policeman was nearby, I ran up to him and breathlessly asked him the way.
He smiled and said: “Do you expect to know the way from me?”
“Yes,” I said, “since I cannot find it myself.”
“Give it up! Give it up,” he said, and turned away with a sudden jerk, like people who want to be alone with their laughter.
Reflective writing prompt:
In 25 words or less, write about giving it up.