pennies from heaven

January 23, 2014 at 4:12 pm 30 comments

for friday fictioneers 100-word challenge 24 january 2014


photo credit: björn rudberg

dave lived alone in a shack up on a hill in kauai. he was in his early forties with a pained expression on his face.

a familiar figure to the islanders, he trudged down main street looking for pennies. whenever he found one, he believed it came from heaven.

today was his birthday. by the crosswalk, he saw four pennies. right then and there, he knew they were from his wife and children who died in an accident five years ago.

he picked them up and looked up in gratitude.

“my dear ones,” he whispered, “thank you for remembering me.”

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30 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sun  |  January 23, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    love how you incorporated gratitude into your wonderful story, Plaridel.

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  January 23, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      sun:

      thank you for reading. deeply appreciate it.

      Reply
  • 3. Sandra  |  January 23, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Nicely done.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  January 24, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      sandra:

      thank you.

      Reply
  • 5. patrickprinsloo  |  January 24, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Bitter-sweet. That’s lovely.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  January 24, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      patrick:

      thank you for reading.

      Reply
  • 7. znjavid  |  January 24, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Oh that is so sad 😦

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    • 8. plaridel  |  January 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      zaina:

      i know.

      Reply
  • 9. readinpleasure  |  January 24, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Ow sad and sweet at the same time.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  January 24, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      celestine:

      deeply appreciate your reading it.

      Reply
  • 11. Amy  |  January 24, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Your words bring me tears… Well done, Plaridel!

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    • 12. plaridel  |  January 24, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      amy:

      aw shuck! i should start writing something that makes people smile.

      Reply
  • 13. kz  |  January 24, 2014 at 7:26 am

    sweet and sad at the same time. i like the idea of coins falling from heaven 🙂

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    • 14. plaridel  |  January 24, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      kz:

      i believe that’s one way our departed loved ones make us feel their presence.

      Reply
  • 15. tinkerbelle96  |  January 24, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Poor man….atleast he had some peace on his birthday…touching story

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    • 16. plaridel  |  January 24, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      tinkerbelle:

      thank you for reading. I’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 17. JackieP  |  January 24, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    One must believe in something to make it through life. Great story.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  January 24, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Jackie:

      thank you kindly.

      Reply
  • 19. Indira  |  January 25, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Sweet imagination, wonderful story.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  January 25, 2014 at 9:25 am

      indira:

      thank you for reading.

      Reply
  • 21. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  January 25, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Great story… I love how you incorparated so much love and still the sad separation…

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    • 22. plaridel  |  January 25, 2014 at 9:26 am

      björn:

      thank you for liking my story.

      Reply
  • 23. rochellewisoff  |  January 25, 2014 at 6:43 am

    dear plaridel,

    a sweet tale. the other islanders should get to know him better.

    shalom,

    rochelle

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    • 24. plaridel  |  January 25, 2014 at 9:33 am

      rochelle:

      i agree. 🙂

      Reply
  • 25. lingeringvisions by Dawn  |  January 26, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Awww…that is so sweet.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  January 26, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      dawn:

      thanks for reading.

      Reply
  • 27. sustainabilitea  |  January 26, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Was he simple or did he see something others didn’t? He certainly had an outlook of looking for blessings everywhere, which I’m sure stood him in good stead. Good job.

    janet

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    • 28. plaridel  |  January 26, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      janet:

      it was his way of coping with the loss of the family he loved dearly. who knows, the pennies might have actually come from heaven.

      Reply
  • 29. Eena  |  January 28, 2014 at 6:38 am

    great imagery. i can read the lines of pain on his face.
    any significance as to the number of pennies?

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    • 30. plaridel  |  January 28, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      eena:

      four pennies = one each from his departed wife and children.

      Reply

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