100-Word Fiction: ‘Abstinence’

Not obese, not even chubby, he decided to commence a diet plan, not for health or vanity reasons but because he thought the world overly plentiful with, as he put it, junk. He committed to two days of abstinence from food a week. He felt great. Then he turned his attention to his job and went part time, 21hrs. Then he told his girlfriend he needed space. She went back to hers. He took no visitors. Then he gave away his TV and began to live in silence. He discovered freedom. Finally, he slowed down his breathing and listlessly died.

Published by MW Bewick

Writer of poetry and place; editor and journalist. Co-founder of Dunlin Press. Books including Pomes Flixus, The Orphaned Spaces and Scarecrow are available from http://dunlinpress.bigcartel.com

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