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Sitting beside grandfather, he holds the photo from so long ago.

I listen as he revisits the past.

“I stood in line waiting.  She was already on the ride.  Her face radiated pure joy.  She looked like an angel.  I had to meet her.”

The beeping of the machines brings us back to the present.

Grandmother lies unconscious.  He gazes at her as if they are seventeen again.

Leaning over, he whispers in her ear,

“We’ll meet again, in the amusement park on the other side.”

She smiles.  Taking a shallow breath, the beeping stops.  She is gone.

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“Friday Fictioneers” is a weekly challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff Fields.  The challenge is to write a story, using only 100 words, in response to a photo prompt.  This week’s photo was provided by J. Hardy Carroll.  Other stories can be found here.

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32 Comments Add yours

  1. Ahhhhhh, this is so touching. Such a nice short story.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading my short story and for your encouragement! =)

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  2. That was so beautifully done it brought a lump to my throat!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Aw Susan, that’s very sweet. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. =)

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  3. draliman says:

    That’s so sad. Beautifully written.

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    1. Actually, the other day my son asked me why my stories are all so sad. He wasn’t being critical or anything, he was just curious (or maybe concerned – hehe). This is all new to me and I’m trying to pause when I see the prompt and wait to be inspired. It’s fun! Thanks so much for your encouragement! =)

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  4. pennygadd51 says:

    What a consoling story. Grandfather and Grandmother must have shared that memory of their first meeting many, many times and now he eases her passing by reminding her.
    My eyes are moist.

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    1. Yes, I’m sure they must have. What a beautiful way to pass. I’m glad you enjoyed the story, Penny! Thank you for reading and commenting. =)

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  5. Moon says:

    A tale of everlasting love. What could be more beautiful?
    Very well written, Brenda.

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    1. For sure! Thank you for your encouragement, Moon!

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    1. I’m happy you enjoyed it! =)

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  6. Create Space says:

    I’ve started watching out for your Friday night Fictioneers!

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    1. Marie, that makes me feel so good! I’m happy that you enjoy the stories. Thank you so much! =)

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  7. Dale says:

    So very beautifully done. Loved this, Brenda.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks, Dale! =)

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  8. Dear Brenda,

    You’ve summed up a long love affair in few words. I’m trying to swallow the lump in my throat. Lovely.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Hi Rochelle, I’m so glad that you enjoyed the story and found it moving. That means a lot! =)

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    1. The hope of reunion! Thank you for reading and commenting on my story. =)

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    1. Thanks so much, Keith, for the encouragement! =)

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  9. michael1148humphris says:

    Sad and yet a fine piece of writing, different.

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    1. Thank you so much, Michael! =)

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  10. Iain Kelly says:

    A heart-rending moment, yet filled with such love. Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Iain. The enduring love was what I wanted to convey! =)

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah!

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  11. ahtdoucette says:

    Lots of feels in this one. The happy and the sad and the hopeful all bound into one. Nicely done.

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging words, Anne! =)

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  12. This is a sad but lovely story of the bond between two people who have spent most of their lives together in love. Good writing, Brenda.

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    1. Thank you! My inspiration for this story comes from my parents. We celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last Spring. They have been a wonderful example of a loving couple my entire life. I’m so thankful. Take care! =)

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