May 8, 2014 at 9:12 am 33 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge 9 May 2014

Note: This would be my last submission for a while. In the coming weeks, I’d be traveling to places I’d never been.

B. W. Beacham
Photo Credit: B. W. Beacham

It was supposed to be a simple outing at the beach. Little did Laila realize she would be abducted.

Her ransom unpaid, she was married off to Amal, one of the rebels.

On their wedding night, Amal wanted to consummate their union. When she resisted, he didn’t force her. Instead, they ended up talking and getting to know each other.

It didn’t take long for them to fall in love.

Six months into her captivity, Laila was finally rescued. She didn’t know whether to be happy or sad. During the fighting, Amal was killed, leaving her heavy with a child.

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  • 1. misskzebra  |  May 8, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I’m not sure how I feel about this piece, I guess sad.

    • 2. plaridel  |  May 8, 2014 at 8:20 pm


      i hear you.

  • 3. seeker  |  May 8, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Where are you going?

    • 4. plaridel  |  May 8, 2014 at 8:21 pm


      i’ll be flying to frankfurt and board a train to trier to explore that part of germany visiting old castles and ancient roman ruins and then go hiking in the swiss alps.

      • 5. seeker  |  May 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm

        How quaint. Have fun and safe journey.

  • 6. rochellewisoff  |  May 8, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Dear Plaridel,

    A rather sad tale full of twists and turns.

    Happy and safe travels.



    • 7. plaridel  |  May 8, 2014 at 8:22 pm


      thank you. it’ll be fun. i really need a break.

  • 8. R. E. Hunter  |  May 8, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    A bittersweet ending. Although I was young at the time, it reminds me of the Patty Hearst story.

    • 9. plaridel  |  May 9, 2014 at 10:14 am

      r. e. hunter:

      thank you for reading. much appreciated.

  • 10. draliman  |  May 8, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Quite a bitter sweet story. I’m glad she found love however brief, even if it took a kidnapping.
    Have fun on your travels!

    • 11. plaridel  |  May 9, 2014 at 10:20 am


      i’m looking forward to this trip. it should be fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 12. Victoria K Gallagher  |  May 9, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Wow! You twisted the story every unexpected direction. Good job.

    So you’re going travelling? I wish you to keep safe and that you have a wonderful time ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 13. plaridel  |  May 9, 2014 at 10:25 am


      on second thought, it seems like the story was a little overcooked. i tried to put too much in 100 words. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 14. gentlestitches  |  May 9, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Have a wonderful trip,

    • 15. plaridel  |  May 9, 2014 at 10:26 am


      thank you. it’ll be a great one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 16. patrickprinsloo  |  May 9, 2014 at 6:50 am

    An interesting and human slant on the subject. I guess it can happen. Thanks for this.

    • 17. plaridel  |  May 9, 2014 at 10:27 am


      thank you for your reading my story and commenting on it. it means a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 18. Bjรถrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  May 9, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    First. enjoy your trip.. if you would be passing Stockholm come by.. Could work well since I think there is Stockholm syndrome in you story….

    • 19. plaridel  |  May 10, 2014 at 8:15 am


      i don’t think i’ll make it to stockholm at this time. but thank you kindly for the invite.

  • 20. Sandra  |  May 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    The story line developed well. Nicely done.

    • 21. plaridel  |  May 10, 2014 at 8:17 am


      thank you for the encouraging comment. much appreciated.

  • 22. patriciaruthsusan  |  May 10, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Plaridel, Good story. These occurences are probably happening with the kidnappings. If she is from the Middle East, or further east though, she might have some difficulty if she wants to remarry, especially since she has a child. Have a great trip. It sounds very interesting. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • 23. plaridel  |  May 10, 2014 at 8:22 am


      for sure, she’d be facing daunting challenges.

  • 24. rgayer55  |  May 10, 2014 at 4:30 am

    It’s funny how things turn out sometimes. At first, she would have hated him, then grew to love him. Now, she’s a sad widow heavy with child.
    Enjoy your travels. We will miss you. So hurry back ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 25. plaridel  |  May 10, 2014 at 8:26 am


      i’m looking forward to this trip. hopefully, it’ll be a blast.

  • 26. aliciajamtaas  |  May 10, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Well done. I’m glad Amal was kind to her although it’s sad she had to be put in such a situation.

    • 27. plaridel  |  May 10, 2014 at 12:19 pm


      thank you for your comment. much appreciated.

  • 28. sustainabilitea  |  May 10, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I’ve read true stories about similar things, but real or not, the story is filled with emotion and the unexpected that makes life interesting. Have a wonderful time traveling and seeing new things!!


    • 29. plaridel  |  May 10, 2014 at 10:20 pm


      thanks for reading and your comment. really looking forward to this vacation. i need a break. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 30. Shandra  |  May 11, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Excellent story. Love the unexpected. Inviting you over to my #FridayFIctioneer post before you head off . Feedback Welcome!

    • 31. plaridel  |  May 11, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      thank you for reading my story. much appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 32. Leigh W. Smith  |  May 11, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Enjoy and be safe on your travels, Plaridel. Looking forward to your return to writing & photography.

    • 33. plaridel  |  May 11, 2014 at 10:49 pm


      hopefully i’d have something to share when i come back in june.


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