Eleven Miles from Home

Eleven Miles from Home: a short story by Jeremy Bursey
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  • Fiction
  • Coming of Age
  • Literature


Narrative (Two points of view)

Main Characters:

  • Richard
  • Rachel

Main Locations:

Middle of Nowhere, USA


Love. Hate. Jet Skis. Two ex-lovers must play this shell game in the middle of nowhere. But who will win?

What happens when two people who used to date but can no longer stand each other get stranded together on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere?

Will they find reconciliation and rekindle their lost love? Or will they discover they truly have no business being in a relationship and call it quits forever?

Richard and Rachel used to date, a lot, not out of malice but because they genuinely liked each other. However, life has taken a turn for the mundane, and the spark they once shared has long since turned to smoke. They continue to meet once a week to satisfy the one activity they still enjoy together: jet-skiing. However, thanks to a miscalculation in judgment, the link they keep gets stolen, and as they wait for the means to return to civilization, they are forced to confront whether they should save whatever remains of their fragile relationship.

Eleven Miles from Home is an unflinching story about perception, realization, and the truth behind those relationships we thought were so great once upon a time. It’s the story of two people who must face the harsh reality that they’ve missed the mark, who bare their souls over what they discover about each other and themselves, and question whether their choices are sound.

Eleven Miles from Home is a story that forces us to think about our relational decisions and the reasons we delay the inevitable.


This story is sold as an e-book only. It can also be found in the anthology Zippywings 2015: A Short Story Collection (2015), which has e-book and print editions available. Previously published in the anthology Seven-Sided Dice: The Collection of Junk, Vol. 3 (2006, no longer available).


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  • Equivalent to $0.99 in other regions.

Book Stats (according to Rakuten Kobo):

55 Pages
0 – 1 Hours to read
15k Total words


  • ©2015-2019 (e-book edition)
  • ©2006 (original print anthology edition, Seven-Sided Dice, The Collection of Junk, Vol. 3)

ISBN and ASIN Information:

  • ISBN: 9781311197627 (e-book, Smashwords Edition)
  • ISBN: 9781393163633 (e-book, Draft2Digital)
  • ASIN: B019T6OT9S (e-book, Amazon)

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Eleven Miles from Home has had multiple covers over the years. Here are the various covers that helped sell it to readers since 2015:

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Update 12/30/16:

You can now read Eleven Miles from Home in its entirety at Drinking Cafe Latte at 1pm. Choose your chapters directly in the dropdown menus above (My Books > Eleven Miles from Home > Part), or start at the beginning here:

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