Hope

Clémence was the spirit of mercy, kindness, gentleness.  She looked around the world, and found very little of it.  Gone was goodwill toward a fellow-sojourner in life, love for a neighbor of a different sort, and good cheer for a holiday season.  As Clémence journeyed, she fell into despair.  She petitioned the Highest to change her essence.  It was granted, and she became Nadine, the spirit of hope.  Hope that when this world one day righted itself, the hearts of its inhabitants would heal, be born anew with mercy, kindness, gentleness, and love for one another.

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This story 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 provided by Trish Nankivell.

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers to write your own, or if you’d like to read their stories from this week, visit here.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my story. I wish you joy for the holiday season! 

43 Comments Add yours

  1. ceayr says:

    Lovely piece, Brenda, but wishful thinking, I fear

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    1. Hope is all we have right now. Thank you for your kind comment, CE!

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  2. trishsplace says:

    This is gorgeous Brenda. Keep hoping.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Trish, for your kindness. I will try!

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  3. Susan Eames says:

    Beautifully done, Brenda.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Thank so much for your sweet comment, Susan!

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  4. msjadeli says:

    This reads like a prophecy, Brenda. May it come to pass. I like the idea of the main character realizing she needs to shift her perspective and still chooses to become an agent of positive change.

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    1. Yes, indeed!! Thank you for your thoughtful comments, Lisa!

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re very welcome.

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  5. Great story. You’ve written it like a myth. I’m with Nadine, eternally hopeful for the future.

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    1. Thank you for your very kind comments, David! Honestly, it’s difficult at times, but I do try to keep hope.

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  6. Amit Kumar says:

    Happy Holidays to you too! 🙂

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  7. plaridel says:

    it looks like hoping against hope. but you never know.

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    1. That’s right, Plaridel, you never know! Thanks for commenting.

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  8. Tannille says:

    Great message B. This would make a fantastic Christmas special.

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    1. Thanks so much! Hmm, I like that idea. 🙂

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  9. The power of positive thinking. Let’s hope it comes to pass.

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    1. Yes, let’s hope! Thank you, Keith, for reading and commenting. 🙂

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  10. Dear Brenda,

    These times are those that do try our patience. Hope is what we can’t lose. Lovely piece.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. That’s very true, Rochelle. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. 🙂

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  11. pennygadd51 says:

    This is beautiful, both for its sentiments and for the writing. I like it a lot.

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    1. Thanks so much! I so glad you like the story, and your kind comments made me smile, Penny! 🙂

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  12. Danny James says:

    We can all hope. But it will never be the same.

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    1. We can never go back, that’s true. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Danny!

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  13. I love the idea of Nadine. Today more than ever we need her so much.
    Happy holidays, Brenda ♥

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    1. Happy holidays to you too! I’m glad you enjoyed the idea of Nadine. We certainly do need hope.

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  14. draliman says:

    Such a lovely story 🙂

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    1. What a nice comment. Thanks so much, Ali!

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  15. Ann Coleman says:

    Lovely! We need hope and kindness right now!

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    1. We certainly do, Ann. Thanks so much!

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  16. Mike says:

    I enjoyed reading this. I hope that you had a good Christmas Day. Mike

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed, Mike. I had a peaceful Christmas, and though it wasn’t the Christmas I desired, it was good considering. Thankful for many things. I hope you did as well.

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  17. granonine says:

    That’s a good prayer for all of us.

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    1. Certainly true, Linda! Thanks for commenting. =)

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  18. Laurie Bell says:

    Hope is what is needed right now, and kindness too. Nicely done

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    1. They certainly are needed! Thanks so much, Laurie. =) Hope you are staying well.

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  19. Nobbinmaug says:

    Hope is all we’ve had this past year. Now, Nadine has company from the other spirits of hope named Pfizer and Moderna. Maybe together they can bring us into a much better year.

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    1. Yes, there is hope! Thank you so much for commenting, Nobbin. =)

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  20. A beautifully written piece Brenda, that offers hope when we need it most. Wishing you all the joys of the holiday season.

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    1. Thank you so much, Shelley, joy and peace to you as well!! =)

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  21. lolaWi says:

    beautiful story, Brenda! Happy New Year! 🙂

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    1. A very kind comment, Wi. I know it was a different sort of holiday this year for you, but I do hope it was peaceful and joy-filled!!

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