This supposed to be 400 word flash fiction..this based somewhat on my own family history..
The face in the photo smiled from a computer screen. It was a vintage photo taken long ago, and faraway. It was the face of Courtney's great grandmother who had died too young. She had only been in her late thirties when she'd collapsed one day. Well, heart problems ran in her family, and all that had happened a very long time ago, in the 1930s. Courtney had been born long after she had died, and because her great grandmother's death had been so tragic, nobody really talked about it. Growing up, Courtney had only heard whispers of the past.
Olive smiled in all the photos. She looked happy. Courtney wondered why she couldn't have had Olive's life, even her unhappy ending. Her own life was so empty and boring she felt. But Olive, a Hollywood wannabe, who had never achieved her dream of becoming a actress, and who had had to come home to the small town in Nevada, which she had left to chase her dreams, was nobody to be envied, even so many years later. Or so it might seem. However, Courtney sat by her computer screen late at night, and looked at Olive's face musing "Why can't I be you"? She fell asleep wondering why she couldn't have been Olive.
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