Locked in (100 word story)

locked-hearts

Each time he stops at the door but won’t go in. The pathway has grown bare with the trail of his footsteps. His courage has failed him again – to knock on that door. She watches him leave, wanting desperately to call  his name and open that door.

Deep inside, they both know that opening that door would be a big mistake. But that does not take away the heartache and loneliness of living in a vacant house that is no longer yours.

You are a tenant, a lodger with no keys to your own heart.

Commitment has locked you in.