Moving On

September 30, 2015 at 12:09 pm 40 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 2 October 2015

Marie Gail Stratford
Photo Credit: Marie Gail Stratford

“Dammit, drink,” Charlie insisted.

But I couldn’t.

Charlie was my best friend in grade school. After losing contact for years, I was happy to join him for beer. It was then I realized he had changed and so did I.

“No,” I said.

We had a share of mischiefs before like scaring girls with a fake mouse, but shoplifting six-pack of beer was a little over the top.

Suddenly without warning, he hit me hard on the back of my head.

When I came to later, he was apologetic.

“I gotta go,” I said. I left and never looked back.

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40 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ansumani  |  September 30, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    This is why you stick to meeting old friends on facebook only 🙂 Nice story.

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  September 30, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      ansumani:

      good advice. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. Priceless Joy  |  September 30, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I certainly think he made the right decision! Never look back.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  September 30, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      priceless joy:

      that’s very true. he had to move on.

      Reply
  • 5. Nan Falkner  |  September 30, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    That was not fair – it was a sucker punch. I’m glad he woke up and the “thug-friend” was gone. He won’t make that mistake again. Good story! Nan

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    • 6. plaridel  |  September 30, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      nan:

      a lesson learned i hope.

      Reply
  • 7. The Writer's Village  |  September 30, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    With old friends like that, who needs…?
    Randy

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    • 8. plaridel  |  September 30, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      randy:

      some do turn bad for sure, but not all of them. 🙂

      Reply
  • 9. aliciajamtaas  |  September 30, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Wow! After reading your story I’m going to be more cautious about meeting old friends!

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    • 10. plaridel  |  September 30, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      alicia:

      best rule is always to proceed with caution. 🙂

      Reply
  • 11. Dale  |  September 30, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Pffft! Some friend!

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    • 12. plaridel  |  September 30, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      dale:

      people do change unfortunately.

      Reply
      • 13. Dale  |  September 30, 2015 at 8:35 pm

        True that!

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        • 14. plaridel  |  October 1, 2015 at 10:13 am

          dale:

          amen. 🙂

          Reply
  • 15. Dawn Quyle Landau  |  September 30, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Clearly there are some friendships that are not meant to last. Creepy guy, this Charlie.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  October 1, 2015 at 10:13 am

      dawn:

      charlie is trouble in the making. it would be wise to stay away from him.

      Reply
  • 17. creatingahome  |  October 1, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Not a very friendly reunion then?

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    • 18. plaridel  |  October 1, 2015 at 10:13 am

      creatingahome:

      it didn’t happen that way.

      Reply
  • 19. FabricatingFiction  |  October 1, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Some times it’s better to never look back.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  October 1, 2015 at 10:12 am

      louise:

      in this case, it is.

      Reply
  • 21. Sandra  |  October 1, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Sometimes you just grow in different directions. This was a nice take on the prompt.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  October 1, 2015 at 10:12 am

      sandra:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 23. rochellewisoff  |  October 1, 2015 at 2:46 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    It was definitely time to move on for him. Some friendships aren’t worth pursuing. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 24. plaridel  |  October 1, 2015 at 10:12 am

      rochelle:

      it’s true, indeed.

      Reply
  • 25. micklively  |  October 1, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Folk change and not always for the better.
    Good piece.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  October 1, 2015 at 10:11 am

      mick:

      such is life.

      Reply
  • 27. draliman  |  October 1, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Sounds like he’s become a bit of a trouble maker. Childhood hijinks are no longer acceptable in adult life!

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    • 28. plaridel  |  October 1, 2015 at 10:11 am

      draliman:

      yes, charlie is going in the wrong direction. if he sticks with him, he’ll be lost, too.

      Reply
  • 29. Tracey@WhatsforDinnerDoc.com  |  October 1, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Good riddance.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  October 2, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      tracey:

      served him right.

      Reply
  • 31. Suzanne Joshi  |  October 2, 2015 at 5:39 am

    People change. Some for the better and some for the worse. It looks like Charlie changed for the worse. I wouldn’t look back either. — Suzanne

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    • 32. plaridel  |  October 2, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      suzanne:

      with charlie’s attitude, he’ll run out of friends pretty soon.

      Reply
  • 33. gahlearner  |  October 2, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Looks like Charlie is one of those who never grow up. The MC certainly is better off without such a friend. Great take on the prompt.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  October 2, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      gahlearner:

      growing up is sometimes hard to do.

      Reply
  • 35. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  October 2, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I think we all grow up,in different ways, then there are those who never do.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  October 2, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      björn:

      i’d say amen to that.

      Reply
  • 37. rgayer55  |  October 2, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Some people don’t take “No” very graciously. Charlie has some issues, and probably an arrest record. Very creative take on the prompt.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  October 2, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      russell:

      you can bet it’s just a matter of time. it won’t be long when charlie meet his match.

      Reply
  • 39. AC  |  October 7, 2015 at 5:42 am

    same thing happened to someone i know sans the hitting part (tho they are ex-flames meeting again.. hahaha..)

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    • 40. plaridel  |  October 7, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      ac:

      i wonder who that someone was. wink! wink! 🙂

      Reply

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