It was a noisy college canteen with an omnipresent recklessness around. But the fervor failed on two undergrads sitting at a corner table, two empty forms spread on the table between them.
“You should apply, you’ll get through easily”, said one.
“And then? Who will pay the fee? I need to start working immediately, there are family obligations”, replied the other. “But you should apply.” he added.
“I won’t clear it. Talk to your parents, you’ll easily get scholarship”, first one replied.
“They will happily agree, but I don’t want to add to their burdens”, he said sadly, “and come on, I know you will crack it, believe in yourself”.
“I know I can’t. I insist you take it up with your parents. Imagine the kind of money you’ll make after you do this!”
And the two friends continued to fence their lives with barbed wires for the rest of the afternoon, attempting to unwind the other’s all the while.
Exceeded the word limit by a stretch, but couldn’t trim further.
This prompt brought a lot of ideas, but because of lack of coherence in my thoughts of late, couldn’t do what I had planned to do with it when I had first seen it. I haven’t really used the prompt, but the first thought that came to my mind when I saw it – boundaries that we set around ourselves and use as excuses to not do something outside of our comfort zones. Analysis Paralysis as they appropriately call it!
A very fine prompt Madison! Stimulating! Thanks for sharing! 🙂