Living On Hope

September 17, 2014 at 3:55 pm 36 comments

for friday fictioneers 100-word challenge 19 September 2014

Dawn Q. LandauPhoto Credit: Dawn Q. Landau

Every morning, Nadra goes to the village to find news about her son, Karim, who joined the jihad.

“If you leave, you’re not coming back,” she told him.

“Don’t worry, Mammah, I’ll be back,” he reassured her.

It’s been two years since Karim left. Nadra keeps on hoping for his return. She keeps on hoping even when she heard that his best friend had died a martyr. For what can a mother do, but live on hope?

“Karim, I want you home now,” Nadra says to herself as she trudges over the open corn field. “Planting season is drawing near.”

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36 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Amy  |  September 17, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I just don’t know how a mother could live through this…

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    • 2. plaridel  |  September 17, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      amy:

      it would be heartbreaking.

      Reply
  • 3. K.Z.  |  September 17, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    i’m not very optimistic about his fate… a very sad story.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  September 17, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      k.z.:

      she clings to but a sliver of hope.

      Reply
  • 5. Sandra  |  September 18, 2014 at 1:29 am

    A painful reality for many. Well done.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  September 18, 2014 at 9:37 am

      sandra:

      thank you again for reading. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 7. rochellewisoff  |  September 18, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Mothers are mothers the world over. You’ve captured her heart and fears. I have a feeling this story won’t have a happy ending. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 8. plaridel  |  September 18, 2014 at 9:41 am

      rochelle:

      his fate is sealed. he won’t be coming back.

      Reply
  • 9. dmmacilroy  |  September 18, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Of such fabric is the tapestry of life on this planet woven my the master weaver. A great story about a sad moment. Well written.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    • 10. plaridel  |  September 18, 2014 at 9:44 am

      doug:

      your positive comment is much appreciated. thank you.

      Reply
  • 11. draliman  |  September 18, 2014 at 3:06 am

    This must be quite common for many families.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  September 18, 2014 at 9:46 am

      draliman:

      totally agree.

      Reply
  • 13. FabricatingFiction  |  September 19, 2014 at 2:51 am

    Really touching story.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  September 19, 2014 at 11:29 am

      louise:

      thank you for reading.

      Reply
  • 15. Love Happy Notes - Daily Fun and Inspiration  |  September 19, 2014 at 6:06 am

    So heartbreaking.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  September 19, 2014 at 11:30 am

      lovehappynotes:

      thank you for reading. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 17. talesfromthemotherland  |  September 19, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Such a sad tale! A mother would never stop hoping– even when it is hopeless. Nice job.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  September 19, 2014 at 11:34 am

      talesfromthemotherland:

      thank you for reading.

      Reply
  • 19. JackieP  |  September 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    With a mother, every breath she takes is another breath of hope. Such a sad tale, but well done!

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    • 20. plaridel  |  September 19, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      jackie:

      thank you for reading.

      Reply
  • 21. aliciajamtaas  |  September 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    For what can a mother do – Oh! This line says it all. Well done. Gorgeous story in 100 words

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    • 22. plaridel  |  September 19, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      alicia:

      thank you again for reading and liking it.

      Reply
  • 23. siobhanmcnamara  |  September 20, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Sad, and true for people in so many parts of the world on all sides of the various conflicts

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    • 24. plaridel  |  September 20, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      siobhan:

      i’m afraid some join not for conviction but for adventure.

      Reply
  • 25. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  September 20, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    A mother always prefer a live son to a martyr.. you caught that wait very well

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    • 26. plaridel  |  September 20, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      björn:

      the sad part of it, though, is that it’s more than likely he’s not coming back.

      Reply
  • 27. liz young  |  September 21, 2014 at 2:58 am

    So many sons caught up in stupid fights, so many mothers grieving.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  September 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      liz:

      totally agree. what a waste.

      Reply
  • 29. patriciaruthsusausan  |  September 21, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Plaridel, I think in her heart she knows there isn’t much hope for him, but it hurts too much to admit it. Well written and all too realistic story. —Susan

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    • 30. plaridel  |  September 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      susan:

      you’re right. she’s in denial.

      Reply
  • 31. wmqcolby  |  September 21, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Mothers and sons … no matter what, huge bond that one never gets over.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  September 22, 2014 at 11:41 am

      kent:

      as my mother would say, she just looks at her watch and she knows what i’m doing. 🙂

      Reply
  • 33. Amy Reese  |  September 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Plaridel, straight from a mother’s heart. I imagine many mothers are in this position. How difficult it would be to wait, and especially if they never returned. Great, moving story.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  September 22, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      amy:

      thank you for reading. i’m glad you liked my little story.

      Reply
  • 35. Nan Falkner  |  September 23, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Mothers are always praying for their children. Good story! Thanks, Nan 🙂

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    • 36. plaridel  |  September 23, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      nan:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply

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