The Door to Nowhere - Billybuc's Writing Challenge

Many thanks to Bill Holland for issuing this writing challenge. It had to include the above title, a photo of the door and the following sentence.

Was It Really Only Yesterday?

It was the door to nowhere that used to be bustling with the activity of joyful loving schoolmates, and other colorful festive folks with their lively little children. Now, it is a cesspool surrounded by filth and empty whiskey bottles and ragged folks. What happened to the door and surroundings that used to go somewhere?

Boy Texting
Boy Texting
Upper Door Outside Building
Upper Door Outside Building | Source

Tragedy on the Highway - Living on the Edge

Tragedies happened. A man who was one of the happy people, loved by all at school, was on his way to a rock climbing area, where he tried to make himself stronger by engaging in this sometimes dangerous sport. Running late to meet friends, he texted them on the highway at the same time someone tried to pass him. Losing control of the car, he suffered a serious accident. Attempts to revive him by paramedics failed. Everyone was in a state of shock, and all the happy people behind the door now found it a door to nowhere. No one understood what happened, that if you take chances with danger, you may end up in danger. Life is too short to do reckless things, but until the end of time, folks will continue to put their lives in danger with drugs, alcohol, addictions, and all other elements that make living on the edge a fun way to live.

Sign About No ATVs
Sign About No ATVs
Alternate View of Exterior Door of Building
Alternate View of Exterior Door of Building | Source

Happy Ending to a Tragedy

Then another one of the happy folks from school had an invitation to go with a bunch of guys and girls to ride 4-wheelers, a temptation that no one could refuse. He did not want to wear a helmet, as they are very hot, so off he went on the vehicle. All of a sudden, an incline appeared out of nowhere, and bam, he lost control and fell, hitting his head. It almost became another tragedy, but he survived it, due to a miracle. And a miracle it was, or he would have saddened the people outside the door to nowhere. He turned it into a door to somewhere. The folks rejoiced, had a party in his honor when he recovered. You could hear the laughter for miles with all the good food and drink celebrating his return.

Conclusion - Living on the Edge

Some people who live on the edge may make it and take away the filth and whiskey bottles beyond that door. The door may open to rolling green meadows of happiness and joyful people. For a while, living on the edge is forgotten. However. making good choices and not existing on a precipice can lead to many open doors and windows that welcome visitors to a more secure pattern of life. A few pitfalls may appear along the way but not continuous filth. raggedy people and whiskey bottles. An observer might see one bottle and some dust but not the turmoil that lasts forever outside the door to nowhere.That door begins a winding winning path to a better place on earth for mankind.

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billybuc 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

Audrey, thank you so much for taking part in this challenge. I love the different approaches people take to these challenges, and I love the message you delivered so well. I've taken both doors. I know which one I prefer. :)

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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida

Just about every step we take in life, Audrey, takes us through a door of some kind and if we are fortunate, the number of positive doorways far outnumber the other kind.

Thanks for the reasonable reminder.

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brakel2 19 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Bill - You are welcome, I am sure. The pleasure was all mine in taking the challenge. I had written it, but the stories were personal to someone, so it was better this way. The lesson was important. Your challenges produce so many different tales, as you mentioned. Thanks for your kind words. Blessings, Audrey

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Faith Reaper 19 months ago from southern USA

Hi Audrey,

Oh, I love how you approached this challenge here with such a great message for all to ponder. It is almost like that poem/song ...Two Roads Diverged ... well, that's not the correct title.

I enjoyed this read!

Blessings always dear Audrey

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brakel2 19 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Drbj - I like the idea of more open doors than closed ones. I want lots of open doors in my life. It is a pleasure to see you on my comment page and reading this hub with the challenge. You are the funniest person, and I need some laughs, so will see you soon. Thanks for kind words. Blessings, Audrey

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lyoness913 19 months ago from Overland Park, KS

So glad you had a good ending to this story! :)


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annart 19 months ago from SW England

I love your response to this challenge. It's different and it has a punchy message which everyone would do well to heed; hence the share.

Well done.


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brakel2 19 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Wendi I do appreciate your reading my hub and your happiness over a good ending. So many stories have sad endings, and I like to see happy endings once in a while. I will visit your profile soon, so expect me to stop by. Have a great day. Blessings, Audrey

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brakel2 19 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Ann - Your stopping by to read means lot to me. I adore your writing and your challenges. Thanks for the share. I guess you like my punchy ending, and that is a good word for it. Bill's challenge was so much fun, and I really enjoyed it. Have a great day. Blessings, Audrey

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brakel2 19 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Faith - You are such a sweetheart to say such lovely words. I liked providing a message from the challenge. It was such fun, and I need to complete more challenges for more writing depth. I will stop by to visit soon. Your hubs are always so interesting. Blessings, Audrey

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annart 19 months ago from SW England

Thanks, Audrey. My day's all but over but it's been a good one. A little sunshine in Somerset, my new little 'study' is finished and the garden is in bloom so I'm happy!

Hope your day's good too.


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brakel2 19 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Ann - You live in lovely England and must enjoy it. It sounds and looks like a great place to reside. A garden and a new study sound exhilarating. My day went well. Take care. Audrey

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aviannovice 19 months ago from Stillwater, OK

This was a very nice, unusual take on this. I applaud your efforts on this challenge, and give you kudos for your originality.

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brakel2 19 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Deb- I loved doing this challenge and appreciate the comments you made about it. It is only my first challenge, and it was so much fun. Now, I have done a second one. It is so nice to hear from another Oklahoman. My grandkids went to school in Stillwater. I will stop by your site very soon. Have a good day. Blessings, Audrey

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dahoglund 19 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Audrey, it is interesting how we all find different responses to these writing cues. I have a friend who nearly died when a car ran him off the road in a mountain area. He was only saved by a doctor that happened by. Life is full of unlikely circumstances. sharing.

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CrisSp 18 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Great approach for Bill's challenge. I like good endings and this one conveys a positive message.

Good read.

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brakel2 18 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Don Thanks for reading my hub. It is interesting how we all respond to these challenges and how life is filled with unusual happenings. We seem to write a little from real life and fiction on these stories. That is the fun of finding a setting and characters. If you use a setting you know and characters from real life, it becomes more realistic. Thanks for sharing, and expect to see me at your site. Blessings, Audrey

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brakel2 18 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Cris - I like positive endings too. Life today is filled with sorrow, and we must look to find the good in life. I have enjoyed visiting your hubs and find them most interesting. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Have a great day. Blessings, Audrey

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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York

A great message for all to heed. Which way the door leads us is our decision, hopefully we make it wisely.

Nice answer to this challenge and a definitely different approach.

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brakel2 17 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thanks Tillson I know this is the hub that you wrote as a challenge that I love. I appreciate your coming by and reading the same challenge and commenting. All doors lead to somewhere, and this one can save people from fires and other potential tragedies. I just love this challenge. Thanks. Blessings, Audrey

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Amanda Drew 15 months ago from Cranston, Rhode Island

I am very impressed with how you can take on the challenge of writing about whatever your followers decide! Great idea!

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brakel2 15 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thanks Amanda. Writing challenges are fun, and I never thought I would say it. It sounds scary to write about any topic that is a challenge, but words seem to come, once you come up with an idea. Bill is such an inspiration to me. Thanks for the read and the kind remarks. Blessings, Audrey

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