Zach could no longer hide his frustration with living in a public housing project. He would miss his friends, but he also knew that his life up to that point was not beyond reproach. So Zach decided to make a concerted effort to winnow out all of his negativity and to take action to better himself and his situation.
It was time to for a reboot, time to reinstall Zach, but version 2.0. He believed that if he closed the door on his past, another door would open up to a better future. It was a good plan and Zach was ready to move on.
But as fate would have it, Zach’s new friends were into drugs and the occult. Without being conscious of it, his Zach 2.0 friends were leading him down a very dark path. Much darker than the one Zach 1.0 was on. And soon word circulated back to the housing project that Zach, who sought only to live a better life, had succumbed to an overdose of street fentanyl.
To honor their old friend, the people of the housing project placed a jug of beautiful red tulips on the steps outside of Zach’s old unit, while several of his pals sang a rendition nod “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” which as stupid as it sounds, was one of Zach’s favorite old songs.
Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Yana Hurskaya @ Unsplash. Also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (frustration), The Daily Spur (housing), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (reproach), Your Daily Word Prompt (winnow), Ragtag Daily Prompt (reinstall), My Vivid Blog (door), and E.M.’s Random Daily Prompt (occult).