Crossing Over

May 18, 2016 at 2:12 pm 33 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 20 May 2016

J Hardy Carroll
Photo Credit: J Hardy Carroll

“I need to find someone to take care of Acel,” Marwan told his family sitting at the departure area.

“Why Papa?” Little Amena asked.

“The smugglers don’t allow dogs on board.”

He then instructed his wife to go and not to wait for him in case he didn’t return on time.

Of course, it was a lie. He only had enough money to pay for his family’s trip.

“Better hurry, Papa.”

When he came back later, he found the place empty.

“Don’t be sad, Acel, they’re on their way to freedom. It’ll just be the two of us for now.”

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33 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gahlearner  |  May 18, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Heartbreaking, and it still happens far too often. Families torn apart.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  May 19, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      gahlearner:

      it will continue to happen for as long as we don’t get along, coexist, and live in peace.

      Reply
  • 4. wmqcolby  |  May 18, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Yes, families indeed torn apart. I knew a girl whose family were boat people from Vietnam. Not easy for her to recount, either. But, the family made it, and I’m sure this family will, too, eventually.

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    • 5. plaridel  |  May 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      kent:

      the guy who cuts my hair was one of the boat people, too. he spent mamy years in a refugee camp in the philippines before coming to the u.s. he has two beauty salons now and enjoying the good life.

      Reply
      • 6. wmqcolby  |  May 19, 2016 at 9:01 pm

        Awesome! Love to hear those types of stories, too! 🙂

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        • 7. plaridel  |  May 20, 2016 at 12:12 pm

          kent:

          i don’t want to intrude, but sometimes i wish he would talk more while he cuts my hair. 🙂

          Reply
          • 8. wmqcolby  |  May 20, 2016 at 3:57 pm

            Well, it never hurts to ask. And tell him there’s a generous tip in it if he tells one or two.

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            • 9. plaridel  |  May 21, 2016 at 8:06 pm

              kent:

              that’s a thought. need to think of a better strategy. 🙂

              Reply
  • 10. draliman  |  May 19, 2016 at 1:43 am

    Very sad, and selfless of him.

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    • 11. plaridel  |  May 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      draliman:

      at least, the family is safe.

      Reply
  • 12. spicedmullings  |  May 19, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Oh power and cost of sacrifice!

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    • 13. plaridel  |  May 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      sabina:

      sadly.

      Reply
  • 14. rochellewisoff  |  May 19, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Marwan is selfless. Such a touching story. I hope he’ll find a way for he and Acel to join them. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 15. plaridel  |  May 19, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      rochelle:

      it was the risk well taken

      Reply
  • 16. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  May 19, 2016 at 5:37 am

    How unselfish…and I hope there will be another way for him to follow later.

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    • 17. plaridel  |  May 19, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      björn:

      hope springs eternal.

      Reply
  • 18. michael1148humphris  |  May 19, 2016 at 8:50 am

    A reminder of the challenges that face people forced to move for a better life.

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    • 19. plaridel  |  May 19, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      michael:

      thank you for reading. deeply appreciate it.

      Reply
  • 20. mickwynn2013  |  May 19, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Your story brings a reality to us we can only thank god we don’t have to experience

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    • 21. plaridel  |  May 19, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      mick:

      we really do need to count our blessings.

      Reply
  • 22. ansumani  |  May 19, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    This story breaks my heart…especially to know that it can be true. Well done story.

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    • 23. plaridel  |  May 20, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      ansumani:

      it’s happening somewhere in the world as we speak. 😦

      Reply
  • 24. Sandra  |  May 19, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    So very sad.

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    • 25. plaridel  |  May 20, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      sandra:

      i know.

      Reply
  • 26. Keith's Ramblings  |  May 20, 2016 at 2:14 am

    A tale of our times.

    Visit Keith’s Ramblings

    Reply
    • 27. plaridel  |  May 20, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      keith:

      sadly, it’s repeated many times over and over again.

      Reply
  • 28. jellico84  |  May 20, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Ahhh, a father’s sacrifice.

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    • 29. plaridel  |  May 20, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      jellico84:

      it would be a joyful reunion when they meet again.

      Reply
      • 30. jellico84  |  May 20, 2016 at 12:13 pm

        Indeed it will ! 🙂

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        • 31. plaridel  |  May 21, 2016 at 8:05 pm

          jellico:

          let’s keep our fingers crossed. 🙂

          Reply
  • 32. patriciaruthsusan  |  May 24, 2016 at 4:27 am

    Heartrending, Plaridel. He’s made a big sacrifice for his family. We hear so many sad stories these days. Wars are terrible and rip families apart. Well done. —- Suzanne

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    • 33. plaridel  |  May 24, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      suzanne:

      war is hell. a lot of people getting displaced. 😦

      Reply

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