Arrival Hall

Jody nervously waited in the Arrival Hall, watching the tearful reunions of others.  Those unguarded moments of pure joy when reuniting with loved ones.

Would it be the same for her?

He had been gone for years.  She understood.  His work was important and it stole him away to all parts of the world.  She shot from her chair as he rounded the corner near the baggage carousel.  He dropped the handle of his carry-on and they embraced with tears.

He whispered, “We need to make the most of the time we have left.  They’ll be here any day now.”

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This piece of flash fiction is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields.  With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story.  The photo this week was taken by our host, Rochelle, from one of her recent trips.

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, click HERE.

55 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow a nice challenge taken, Brenda. Nice story.

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    1. What a lovely comment. Thanks so much! =)

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  2. Tannille says:

    Aww too sweet!

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    1. Thanks!! I was trying for a sinister ending, one to leave the reader wondering? Not sure it came through. =0

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      1. Tannille says:

        Maybe I’ve read too many trashy romance novels… Although I did think “down woman it’s been years” when reading yours. 😀

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    2. magarisa says:

      You have me wondering what he does for a living and who “they” are. The ending definitely came across as sinister. Well done!

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      1. I’m glad you enjoyed the story and it left you wondering. Thanks so much for your lovely comment! =)

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      2. magarisa says:

        You’re welcome, Brenda.

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  3. neilmacdon says:

    The sinister ending came through, Brenda

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    1. Whew, that’s good. Thanks so much, Neil!

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  4. Sandra says:

    I think these are just going to be a few stolen moments before something dreadful catches up with them. Nicely done.

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    1. He tried to save them all but wasn’t successful. =) Thanks so much, Sandra, for commenting!

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  5. Dear Brenda,

    You left me wondering who’s coming for him. The sweet reunion is marred by imminent doom. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks so much, Rochelle. That’s exactly what I was going for. =)

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  6. Dale says:

    A moment to treasure leaving us wondering what’s ahead
    Well done!

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    1. I’m so glad it leaves you to wonder, but also to treasure every moment. Thanks so much for commenting, Dale. Hope you are all settled in or nearly so.

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      1. Dale says:

        Absolutely!
        Working on it… 🙂

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  7. gahlearner says:

    It is mysterious and sinister. At first glance I thought they were cheating on his wife… but ‘they’ are only a few days behind would be someone a lot more sinister.

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    1. Certainly, and a lot more of them. Glad you found the story to be mysterious. Thanks a lot for commenting! =)

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  8. draliman says:

    Yikes. I’m guessing he’s not just a travelling salesman, then. Maybe they should both do a runner… nice one!

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    1. His job was much more significant but he wasn’t successful, so now ‘they’ are coming. Not good things are on the horizon. I’m glad you enjoyed and thanks so much for commenting! =)

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  9. Iain Kelly says:

    Mysterious ending, I wonder who ‘they’ are and why they are coming. Good bit of intrigue.

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    1. Thanks so much, Iain, for the nice comments! =)

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  10. Sweet until “they” reared their ugly heads. I wonder who “they” are? Well done.

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    1. Thanks so much, Kelley!

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  11. Ann Coleman says:

    Very good, Brenda! Made me wonder what was coming….

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story and it left your wondering, Ann. Thanks so much for letting me know! Makes me smile …

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  12. michael1148humphris says:

    Time is precious, I enjoyed reading behind the scenario you portrayed

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    1. The older I grow the more I come to that realization … time is precious! I’m happy you enjoyed the story and pondering the scenario. Thanks for commenting, Michael!

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  13. I’m not just wondering what’s about to happen, I’m wondering what came before! I suspect he has no ordinary job.

    My FriFic tale!

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    1. He certainly does not, and he wasn’t successful so … 🙂

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  14. A good story with a great surprise ending, Brenda. He seems to have a hazardous job worse than 007. One good thing is it would never be boring. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. True, it hasn’t been boring. 🙂

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  15. jillyfunnell says:

    So sad when the man she loves obviously does a dangerous job but at least they have this brief reunion. Bittersweet and so romantic, Brenda. Lovely story.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jilly! =)

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  16. Abhijit Ray says:

    Work is still chasing him. Jody will be disappointed.

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    1. I think they both will. Thank you for commenting! =)

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  17. pennygadd51 says:

    Good build up to a cliff-hanger ending.

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    1. Thank you so much, Penny! =)

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  18. Oh you left me wonder who “they” are.— chilling to wonder what the real end will be.

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    1. I’m very happy that the story left you wondering! =)

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  19. msjadeli says:

    Good buildup of bonding and of dynamic tension. Makes me fear for them.

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting!

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You are welcome, Brenda.

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  20. That’s a real thriller in 100 words! Seems to have everyone thinking.

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    1. Thank you so much! =)

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  21. lisarey1990 says:

    Very eerie ending. Great write.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! =)

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  22. granonine says:

    Terrifying end to this one. You set it up perfectly. I was not expecting that!

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda! =)

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  23. Well done, Brenda, you captured the sense of anxiety and hopelessness brilliantly

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    1. Thanks so much, Michael. Encouraging comments!

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  24. subroto says:

    All very mysterious but then it could be the in-laws visiting soon 😉

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    1. That made me laugh! Love it! 😂

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