Khalid’s Defining Moment

February 13, 2014 at 12:00 am 26 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge 14 February 2014

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“Khalid, it’s time for you to get married,” his father told his son visiting from California.”

“Yes, dad,” he smiled, looking forward to proposing to Allie on his return.

“Well, then, I have good news. I found a wife for you. Do you want to see her picture?”

“It’s ok, dad,” he replied, smile fading away. Khalid knew he was duty-bound to follow tradition.

On his wedding night, he thought of Allie, but not for long. As his bride lay in bed, Khalid realized he had an obligation to fulfill. He emptied his glass and went right down on it.

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26 Comments Add your own

  • 1. silentlyheardonce  |  February 13, 2014 at 1:08 am

    A good story based on the prompt.

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  February 13, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      silentlyheardonce:

      thank you for reading.

      Reply
  • 3. Amy  |  February 13, 2014 at 6:31 am

    many obligations in our lives…

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    • 4. plaridel  |  February 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      amy:

      to justify our existence…

      Reply
  • 5. hugmamma  |  February 13, 2014 at 7:08 am

    ooh la la…one arranged marriage that worked out, it seems…

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    • 6. plaridel  |  February 13, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      hugmamma:

      i guess commitment to the relationship is the key. falling in love and the rest follow.

      Reply
  • 7. patrickprinsloo  |  February 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I bet he did. All in the line of duty.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  February 13, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      patrick:

      somebody gotta do it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 9. pattisj  |  February 13, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I hope they live happily ever after.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  February 13, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      patti:

      hope springs eternal. 🙂

      Reply
  • 11. K.Z.  |  February 13, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    i hope they eventually learn to love each other. happy valentines day 🙂

    Reply
  • 13. gentlestitches  |  February 14, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Haha! Great story!

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    • 14. plaridel  |  February 14, 2014 at 11:06 am

      gentlestiches:

      thank you. glad you liked it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 15. draliman  |  February 14, 2014 at 2:46 am

    It must be tough to be told to marry one person when you love someone else. I hope it turns out OK for them.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  February 14, 2014 at 11:56 am

      draliman:

      it must have hurt real good in the beginning, then you learn to live with it.

      Reply
  • 17. patriciaruthsusan  |  February 14, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Good story. I’m an American married to an Indian citizen and living now in India, so I know how that still happens with some families here. My husband’s family is more receptive to change since many have been to western countries and so have their children. Some of them have had love marriages and some arranged. Most times both kinds have worked out. My husband and I have been married for almost 39 years. Our children were both born and raised in the U.S. where my husband worked for many years. They both live there.

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  • 19. rochellewisoff  |  February 15, 2014 at 3:15 am

    dear plaridel,

    he’s a good son. i hope things work out for him. and you wrote a good story.

    shalom,

    rochelle

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    • 20. plaridel  |  February 15, 2014 at 8:54 am

      rochelle:

      in time, they would learn to love each other.

      Reply
  • 21. Nan Falkner  |  February 17, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Arranged marriages can be a disaster, but apparently not in this case. Good story. Thanks! Nan

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    • 22. plaridel  |  February 17, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      nan:

      we can always hope for the best. 🙂

      Reply
  • 23. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  February 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Arranged marriages maybe works.. but to some extent it’s a tradition developed when alliances between families was important.. to me it’s a little bit like trading in humans…

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    • 24. plaridel  |  February 17, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      björn:

      that’s one aspect of it especially for royalties and the very rich. gladly, it’s not true in all cases.

      Reply
  • 25. thinkinkadia  |  August 13, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Ive met as many divorced from love and arranged marriages. Short story or long, when things have to go wronggggg …

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    • 26. plaridel  |  August 16, 2017 at 9:33 am

      nina:

      i hear you. 🙂

      Reply

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