The Last Goodbye

March 9, 2016 at 2:08 pm 42 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 11 March 2016

 Emmy L Gant
Photo Credit: Emmy L. Gant

It seemed like yesterday, but it’d been awhile since we saw each other.

Emily and I were high school sweethearts. After graduation, I joined the army and she went to study art in Paris. We broke up believing a long distance relationship wouldn’t work for us.

I was hoping that having dinner with her that evening would rekindle the love we once had.

But it didn’t. She had found someone new.

A light drizzle greeted us as we left the restaurant.

“This is where I go,” she said. “Have a great life.”

And with that, she turned and walked away.

 

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42 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mike  |  March 9, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    So the relationship did not last, at least he is in Paris.

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  March 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      mike:

      when he got stationed in germany, he went to see her right away, but by then it was too late.

      Reply
  • 3. ansumani  |  March 9, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Looks like that childhood love magic wasn’t that strong. Nicely done.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  March 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      ansumani:

      such is life.

      Reply
  • 5. Pleats and Keats  |  March 9, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    This song is gorgeous. I used to listen to it all the time in Paris…

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    • 6. plaridel  |  March 9, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      pleats and keats:

      i agree. great music and lyrics, too.

      Reply
  • 7. luckyjc007  |  March 9, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Too bad the dinner didn’t work for him, she apparently needed something more.😃

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    • 8. plaridel  |  March 9, 2016 at 11:13 pm

      jessie:

      sad to say, she had moved on.

      Reply
  • 9. rochellewisoff  |  March 10, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Bittersweet story. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 10. plaridel  |  March 10, 2016 at 10:14 am

      rochelle:

      if anything, he was happy for her.

      Reply
  • 11. draliman  |  March 10, 2016 at 4:24 am

    I can’t help thinking it’s good that she moved on rather than hanging around, I hope he can do the same.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  March 10, 2016 at 10:14 am

      draliman:

      in time, he’d find love again.

      Reply
  • 13. Sandra  |  March 10, 2016 at 4:30 am

    That was quite sad, plaintive almost. Well done

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    • 14. plaridel  |  March 10, 2016 at 10:13 am

      sandra:

      separation drew them apart. he should learn to live with it.

      Reply
  • 15. mickwynn2013  |  March 10, 2016 at 4:32 am

    You have to feel for him,he wanted so much more and there was nothing.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  March 10, 2016 at 10:13 am

      mick:

      if there’s a lesson, it’s that we can’t have everything.

      Reply
      • 17. mickwynn2013  |  March 10, 2016 at 10:35 am

        That, unfortunately I seem to learn more with each passing day ☹

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        • 18. plaridel  |  March 10, 2016 at 11:26 pm

          mick:

          i totally agree.

          Reply
  • 19. FabricatingFiction  |  March 10, 2016 at 7:03 am

    I hope the meal was good anyway!

    Reply
    • 20. plaridel  |  March 10, 2016 at 10:12 am

      louise:

      it was good. he was enjoying until she said the word.

      Reply
  • 21. Dreamer of Dreams  |  March 10, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    A moving, atmospheric story! I like how it hovers on the edge of sentimentality and self-pity, then pulls back from the brink. Perfect!

    Reply
    • 22. plaridel  |  March 10, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      vijaya:

      thank you for reading. i deeply appreciate your support.

      Reply
  • 24. Perry Block (@PerryBlock)  |  March 10, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    She sounds really cute, do you have her number?

    Reply
    • 25. plaridel  |  March 10, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      perry:

      sorry, but she’s already taken. 😦

      Reply
  • 26. rgayer55  |  March 11, 2016 at 4:01 am

    Alas, a one-sided love fantasy.

    Reply
    • 27. plaridel  |  March 11, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      russell:

      alas, indeed. but not the end of the world. he’d live.

      Reply
  • 28. gahlearner  |  March 11, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Beautiful. Some childhood loves are keepers, some are not. At least he knows right away and get over it.

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    • 29. plaridel  |  March 11, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      gahlearner:

      people change. it’s a fact of life.

      Reply
  • 30. aliciajamtaas  |  March 11, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Well, this is certainly sad. The music goes nicely with the story. I’m glad I listened to it while reading your piece.

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    • 31. plaridel  |  March 11, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      alicia:

      thank you for reading as usual. i deeply appreciate it.

      Reply
  • 32. Amy Reese  |  March 11, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Oh, well that was quite abrupt of her. No number exchange? What about Christmas cards or Facebook? Sometimes it’s just easier to move on. Good one, Plaridel.

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    • 33. plaridel  |  March 11, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      amy:

      absence didn’t make the heart grow fonder in this case.

      Reply
      • 34. Amy Reese  |  March 11, 2016 at 8:04 pm

        Apparently not. It just wasn’t meant to be.

        Reply
  • 35. wmqcolby  |  March 11, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Aww. Sad. Been there, done that too many times. Well done, Plaridel!

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    • 36. plaridel  |  March 11, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      kent:

      don’t we all? 😦

      Reply
  • 37. athling2001  |  March 12, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Poor guy. Just means there is something better out there for him.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  March 13, 2016 at 10:15 am

      athling2001:

      somehow he should learn to love again.

      Reply
  • 39. liz young  |  March 12, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Perhaps they had avoided a long painful breakup by cutting ties when they did?

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    • 40. plaridel  |  March 13, 2016 at 10:17 am

      liz:

      that was the idea. he needed to learn to let go.

      Reply
  • 41. patriciaruthsusan  |  March 15, 2016 at 4:27 am

    What a shame. He should have given it a try. She might have thought he didn’t care enough. Well done, Plaridel. Thanks for the music. —- Suzanne

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    • 42. plaridel  |  March 15, 2016 at 9:30 am

      suzanne:

      she had moved on. he should do the same.

      Reply

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