March 20, 2014 at 9:44 am 41 comments

for friday fictioneers 100-word challenge 21 march 2014

rochelle wisoff-fields
photo credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

It’s amazing that even the sharp edges of the past can be smoothened out with time and allow someone to sit on it comfortably.

That’s what Frank is thinking about when he sees happy children playing outside his former home.

The old building brings back memories of a family torn apart by a war pitting father against son.

However, the past is past. Unless Frank has access to a time machine, he can’t add nor subtract anything from it anymore. Iit’s time to forgive and forget.

Climbing up the familiar staircase, Frank knocks on the door anticipating the long-awaited reconciliation.

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  • 1. Liz Young  |  March 20, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Good story. It’s odd how , in all the FF stories I have read so far, nobody actually gets into the lift!

    • 2. plaridel  |  March 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm


      i went by the picture that says old building staircase. but a few actually did use the lift.

  • 3. gentlestitches  |  March 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Oh what a fabulous story. You have said so much in so few words. I love the topic of forgiveness. Life is to short to stay angry for too long. πŸ˜€

    • 4. plaridel  |  March 20, 2014 at 6:14 pm


      thank you for reading. you’re very kind. πŸ™‚

  • 5. Karen Whitelaw  |  March 20, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    This is my favourite story of yours, Plaridel. The sadness and desire for reconciliation is palpable.

    • 6. plaridel  |  March 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm


      oh, that’s wonderful. i’m glad you liked it.

  • 7. Nan Falkner  |  March 20, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Good story and thought provoking. Life is too short to pit father against son – too bad there aren’t time machines. Nan

    • 8. plaridel  |  March 20, 2014 at 10:48 pm


      coming from you, it’s a great compliment. πŸ™‚

  • 9. Sandra  |  March 21, 2014 at 1:10 am

    I hope all goes well here, but there’s got to be a good chance it won’t. Nicely done.

    • 10. plaridel  |  March 21, 2014 at 1:42 pm


      i hope so, too. keeping my fingers crossed.

  • 11. sarahbeasmith  |  March 21, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I hope they can work it out. At least he is trying.

    • 12. plaridel  |  March 21, 2014 at 1:43 pm


      somebody has to make the first move and frank is it.

  • 13. rochellewisoff  |  March 21, 2014 at 2:11 am

    dear plaridel,

    i liked the way you built up to the hoped for reconciliation. nice.



    • 14. plaridel  |  March 21, 2014 at 1:45 pm


      i’m glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

  • 15. K.Z.  |  March 21, 2014 at 2:58 am

    a great story about reconciliation. particularly loved the first sentence.. really pulled me in. πŸ™‚

    • 16. plaridel  |  March 21, 2014 at 1:47 pm


      did they reconcile or not? that’s the question.

  • 17. siobhanmcnamara  |  March 21, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Great build-up to the feeling of hope at the end πŸ™‚

    • 18. plaridel  |  March 21, 2014 at 1:49 pm


      thank you for reading. πŸ™‚

  • 19. draliman  |  March 21, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I hope they can let bygones be bygones and forgive each other. At least he’s making the first move after what appears to be quite some time.
    I loved the way you built up to the moment when Frank knocks on the door.

    • 20. plaridel  |  March 21, 2014 at 1:52 pm


      sometimes, the wound runs deep but there’s nothing the passage of time can’t heal. hopefully, it won’t be too late.

  • 21. Amy Reese  |  March 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I like how your connected this story to the past. Very unique take on the prompt. I hope he can move ahead in his life. Nice one!

    • 22. plaridel  |  March 21, 2014 at 10:13 pm


      thanks for the compliment. really appreciate it. πŸ™‚

  • 23. JudahFirst  |  March 21, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Nice to see a positive story for this photo … I agree with Amy in how you connected the old elevator/stairs to the man’s past. Good job!

    • 24. plaridel  |  March 21, 2014 at 10:18 pm


      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

  • 25. freyathewriter  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:00 am

    You know, our fears about what might happen are often far, far worse than what finally transpires. I can think of very few instances where it has been the other way around. And the worst things in life are generally not those that we worry about, because they come out of nowhere, like lightning. Well done.

    • 26. plaridel  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:44 am


      most of our worries never happen, indeed. thank you for reading.

  • 27. patrickprinsloo  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Well I hope he gets what he’s looking for. War is a terrible thing especially within a country. It never seems to end either.

    • 28. plaridel  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:46 am


      thank you for your comment. much appreciated.

  • 29. sustainabilitea  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I hope they can make it up but you certainly never know. Sometimes things are too difficult for some people to give up.


    • 30. plaridel  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:56 am


      i believe in happy ending. πŸ™‚

  • 31. BjΓΆrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:04 am

    A whole life packed into one story.. I sincerely hope his family is ready for reconciliation….

    • 32. plaridel  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:58 am


      it’s been so long. i think they’re to kiss and make up.

  • 33. patriciaruthsusan  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Good and well-written story. I hope it has a happy ending.

    • 34. plaridel  |  March 23, 2014 at 2:03 pm


      it ought to have a happy ending. πŸ™‚

  • 35. atrm61  |  March 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Plaridel,I think this is one of your best-loved the awesome beginning and was awed by the layers in this-wonderful!

    • 36. plaridel  |  March 24, 2014 at 3:30 pm


      thanks. but wait, what did i write again? πŸ™‚

      • 37. atrm61  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:18 am


  • 38. Mousume  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Loved it Plaridel,

    Hope floats when it comes to reconciliation. good one.

    • 39. plaridel  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:33 pm


      glad you liked it. thank you for reading.

  • 40. Sarah Ann  |  March 26, 2014 at 4:42 am

    So good. There is so much feeling as well history and ‘now’ in this. I hope Frank has a good reunion after his long wait. His pain is clear.

    • 41. plaridel  |  March 26, 2014 at 9:16 am

      sarah ann:

      i believe he will. thank you for reading.


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