Since I published this post about Hint Fiction, the men in my family have been shooting little stories back and forth via email, while I sit completely befuddled by my challenge.
I finally came up with this:
If she had known leaving would be this hard, her decision to stay after a visit 15 years ago might have been different. As it was, no one in the small town would ever be the same, herself included.
This is 39 words instead of 25, so it still needs some work, but I think it is all there. I think. What do you think?