To Love Again

August 20, 2014 at 2:40 pm 27 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge 22 Aug 2014

Roger Bultot
Photo Credit: Roger Bultot

When Mark died in Afghanistan, Elsie was inconsolable in her grief. She felt abandoned like his van collecting dust. But Mark never left. He remained with her in spirit.

It took sometime before Elsie went out again. It was in one of those outings that she met Nathan.

“Are you in the military,” she asked eyeing his short-cropped hair.

“No, ma’am, I’m a chef.”

“Well, then,” Elsie smiled, “it’s nice meeting you.”

From the distance, Mark felt a tinged of jealousy. At the same time, he knew it was time to let go. She was entitled to be happy again.

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  • 1. Nan Falkner  |  August 20, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    This is a really good story – so I’m taking it that Mark is a Spirit? He is right she deserves to be happy again and what a wonderful husband he must have been. Great Job! Nan ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • 2. plaridel  |  August 20, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      nan:

      yes, it was mark’s spirit watching over her. thank you for reading. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 3. Sandra  |  August 21, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Sad and sweet at the same time.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  August 21, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      sandra:

      true love is unselfish. it only wishes what’s good for the beloved.

      Reply
  • 5. FabricatingFiction  |  August 21, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Touching.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  August 21, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      fabricatingFiction:

      thank you for reading. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 7. K.Z.  |  August 21, 2014 at 5:26 am

    very moving. so good of him to wish her happiness.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  August 21, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      k.z.:

      it’s a paradox that sometimes love can be kept only by cutting it loose.

      Reply
  • 9. draliman  |  August 21, 2014 at 6:41 am

    I guess now Mark can move on to the next world – there’s someone else to look after her now. Very moving story.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  August 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      draliman:

      i read that souls remain earthbound because of their attachment to someone. mark can now walk towards the light leading to heaven.

      Reply
  • 11. patrickprinsloo  |  August 21, 2014 at 6:54 am

    A sweet story from a totally different point of view. I hope all three of them are happy.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  August 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      patrick:

      i hope so, too. everybody’s entitled to second chances.

      Reply
  • 13. Bjรถrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  August 21, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Yes — its time to let go, and it’s time to walk down another road for Elsie

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    • 14. plaridel  |  August 21, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      bjรถrn:

      totally agree. it’s about time.

      Reply
  • 15. liz young  |  August 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Nice story, and I’m glad she moved on. Hope she used the van again!

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    • 16. plaridel  |  August 21, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      liz:

      excellent idea. she can use it for moving instead of a rental. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 17. rochellewisoff  |  August 23, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    A sweet story. Sad and uplifting at the same time. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 18. plaridel  |  August 23, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      rochelle:

      i’m glad you liked. again, thank you for reading and commenting.

      Reply
  • 19. patriciaruthsusausan  |  August 23, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Plaridel, Good story of love. I think he understands now that he has to move on. This has an ending that’s both happy and rather sad. Well written. ๐Ÿ™‚ —Susan

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    • 20. plaridel  |  August 23, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      susan:

      she has to move on, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 21. Sarah Ann  |  August 24, 2014 at 6:35 am

    I wonder if Mark will remain looking over her or move on himself. Well told.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  August 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      sarah ann:

      nobody knows. what is certain is that he will always love her.

      Reply
  • 23. Long Gone | Victoria.K.Gallagher  |  August 25, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    […] To Love Again […]

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  • 24. hugmamma  |  August 26, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Sweet tale of love…the second time around.

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    • 25. plaridel  |  August 27, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      hugmamma:

      i’m glad you liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
      • 26. hugmamma  |  August 27, 2014 at 11:29 pm

        ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • 27. plaridel  |  August 28, 2014 at 9:38 am

          hugmamma:

          thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

          Reply

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