Harrison’s Letter

A Flash Fiction Story


Harrison sat down with the pen and the paper with a determined purpose. He wanted to give thanks. His mind was to connect with the pen and the ink and the note to let his friend know that he was thankful for her positive influence in his life. Harrison was age nineteen and he was at a loss for words.

So he stood up and walked away from his writing desk and took a deep breath and paced around his room a little. Words matter, he thought. Words can make or break the soul. Words have weight. He knew he must weigh his carefully.

Harrison went to his kitchen and poured a cup of coffee. The coffee might inspire him and help make his mind more awake. Or it might just make him jittery and cause his pen hand to shake. He poured the coffee down the kitchen sink after two sips. And then he was back to his desk and the paper and the pen.

It’s now or never at all, he thought. And he put the pen to the page.


I’m not an author and I don’t normally write letters. This is my first one in the history of ever. Although all I can do is speak from the heart. You were the light in the dark for me throughout the eternity that was high school. Thank you for cheering me up and making me laugh when I thought life was meaningless. Thanks for telling me that high school was not actually a life sentence. Much love and thanks for standing up for me when those three older dudes wanted to beat the life out of me because I insulted all of their mothers simultaneously due to their constant making fun of me. Thank you for being yourself! I look forward to us being lifelong friends. Perhaps I’ll get better at making friends as I get older. And maybe I won’t always see this world as such a mean place. You will always be a light to me. But now my hand is starting to cramp from writing this letter and perhaps pressing too hard with this fancy pen on this equally fancy paper. I will end my letter with these two words: Stay Awesome!

Your Friend,


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