I never looked back.
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Notes on the prompt
This is actually a last line, from the story “Gold Coast” by James Alan McPherson. The narrator has told the entire story by looking back on his time as a janitor, so the line is sort of ironic, sort of forboding: perhaps we never escape the circumstances from which we believe we’ve risen; or perhaps what drives us dwells so deep in our memories that we’re not even aware of always looking back. The idea for this prompt came from writer and editor Rachel King.