goldphone“Seasons change with the scenery
Weaving time in a tapestry
Won’t you stop and remember me?”
Hazy Shade of Winter (as recorded by The Bangles)

Recently, I’ve been thinking (again) about a friend I lost many years ago. I’d like to contact her, but I haven’t because I’m afraid of getting hurt again; she broke off the relationship, and even after all this time, I’m afraid she wouldn’t appreciate hearing from me.

Coincidentally, I had a friend request on Facebook a couple of weeks ago from someone I hadn’t heard from in probably 15 years — and I was never really friends with that person then. Technology makes it very easy to reach out to people from the past, but the contact isn’t always welcome.

Imagine a character who unexpectedly meets or is contacted by a significant or controversial person from the past. How does the character feel about this incident, and how does he or she react? Write a scene or story exploring these ideas.

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