From the oneword prompt, “optional”
Choosing was not optional. The opportunity to take money from the 7-Eleven cashier presented itself and Josey took it like blinking, like her heart pumping, like to survive—to pay toward rent, buy a little food for her kids. That she was caught running undaunted two blocks down was not optional either, but one of many possible results governed by the law of unintended consequences. Still, for a few glorious moments, free will felt roaring and real.
Quin, you got me going on the subject of consequences. And that, along with a conversation last night with a physicist, mixed in my head and produced the above not optional outcome ; )
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