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May 13, 2015 at 8:39 pm 42 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 15 May 2015

Marie Gail Stratford
Photo Credit: Marie Gail Stratford

Traveling along the country road leading home, Harry felt a mix of emotions. Five years had passed since he left to join the military. It was a decision that angered his dad who thought he’d help manage the farm.

Harry wondered how his family would receive him. He was returning a broken man. While on tour in Afghanistan, he stepped on a roadside bomb and lost his leg.

He didn’t have to wait long for an answer. As he approached the familiar gate, he saw them excitedly waiting for him. Home was a place where he’d always be welcomed back.

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  • 1. micklively  |  May 13, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    I can hear “Tie A Yellow Ribbon” playing.
    Good piece.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  May 14, 2015 at 9:53 am

      mick:

      that will be a appropriate theme song. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. Rosey Pinkerton  |  May 14, 2015 at 3:28 am

    The home-coming hero. Nice.

    Rosey Pinkerton’s blog

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    • 4. plaridel  |  May 14, 2015 at 9:54 am

      rosey:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 5. Colline  |  May 14, 2015 at 4:15 am

    And home would be a place where he could heal.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  May 14, 2015 at 9:54 am

      colline:

      i totally agree.

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  • 7. Margaret  |  May 14, 2015 at 5:13 am

    A great homecoming. I’m glad for Harry. A touching story.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  May 14, 2015 at 9:54 am

      margaret:

      i believe so. thank you for reading.

      Reply
  • 9. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  May 14, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Broken or not, coming home is the best place to mend. I love the positive outlook you are giving.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  May 14, 2015 at 9:54 am

      björn:

      thank you for reading. i appreciate the compliment.

      Reply
  • 11. draliman  |  May 14, 2015 at 6:21 am

    A very heart-warming story. It’s always good to be welcomed home.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  May 14, 2015 at 9:55 am

      draliman:

      he’ll always be part of the family.

      Reply
  • 13. gahlearner  |  May 14, 2015 at 7:33 am

    That story is good for the heart. His family will help him heal.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  May 14, 2015 at 9:55 am

      gahlearner:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you for reading.

      Reply
  • 15. lifeconfusions  |  May 14, 2015 at 8:05 am

    “Sometimes…home is a heartbeat.”

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    • 16. plaridel  |  May 14, 2015 at 9:55 am

      zee:

      that’s so true.

      Reply
  • 17. Lorna's Voice  |  May 14, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Nicely done. This, indeed, conjures up the mixed emotions of a homecoming fraught with both hope and hesitation.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  May 14, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      lorna:

      thank you for reading. it feels good that you liked it.

      Reply
  • 19. ansumani  |  May 14, 2015 at 11:35 am

    A welcoming home is all one needs. Nice hopeful story.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  May 14, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      ansumani:

      all veterans deserve our respect and gratitude.

      Reply
  • 21. livingonchi  |  May 14, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Yes! Home is where love lies in waiting.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  May 14, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      livingonchi:

      harry was indeed lucky to have a loving family waiting for him.

      Reply
  • 23. Suzanne Joshi  |  May 14, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Lovely story, Plaridel. I could sense the warmth of feelings at the homecoming. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • 24. plaridel  |  May 14, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      suzanne:

      i’m glad you liked the story. much appreciated. 🙂

      Reply
  • 25. bykimberlylynne  |  May 14, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    I’m so happy it ended well for Harry… too many veterans can’t say the same.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  May 14, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      kimberly:

      i agree. without a supportive family, many veterans have become homeless.

      Reply
  • 27. rgayer55  |  May 15, 2015 at 5:48 am

    I can understand his anxiety, much like that of the prodigal son. We may be unhappy with our children’s decisions, but we will always love them.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  May 15, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      russell:

      thank you for your understanding. 🙂

      Reply
  • 29. aliciajamtaas  |  May 15, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Our veterans need a homecoming like this where they can have time to heal. Well captured.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  May 15, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      alicia:

      thank you for reading as always. 🙂

      Reply
  • 31. afairymind  |  May 15, 2015 at 11:36 am

    A lovely tale of a hero’s homecoming. 🙂

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    • 32. plaridel  |  May 15, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      afairymind:

      what a great compliment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 33. Perry Block (@PerryBlock)  |  May 15, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Very sweet and touching, plus a tribute to our veterans

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    • 34. plaridel  |  May 15, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      perry:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 35. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist  |  May 16, 2015 at 12:53 am

    So glad the returning soldier/son was welcomed home. He’d suffered enough and will probably have ongoing problems. Glad his family were happy to see him. Lovely story.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  May 16, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      irene:

      i bet it made for a happy reunion.

      Reply
  • 37. elmowrites  |  May 16, 2015 at 6:59 am

    I was telling someone recently about the rise of the twist in FF stories. I love how straight this one is, but still chock full of story.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  May 16, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      jen:

      i thought of a twist but i didn’t get the heart.

      Reply
  • 39. Amy Reese  |  May 16, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    What a sacrifice he made, Plaridel. I’m glad it was a happy reunion and he feels like he’s home. Nice piece.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  May 17, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      amy:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 41. rochellewisoff  |  May 18, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    A loud ring of truth and love to this story. Very nice.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 42. plaridel  |  May 18, 2015 at 11:36 am

      rochelle:

      thank you for reading as always. 🙂

      Reply

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