The Return

May 25, 2016 at 3:44 pm 40 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 27 May 2016

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Leni sat on the rocks watching the waves, thinking of Adrian, and looking forward to the day he’d treat her more than a friend.

They grew up in a small fishing village in the Philippines. Ever since they were little, she knew they were meant for each other.

Then Adrian left for Seattle to work in his uncle’s cannery.

Many years later, he returned. She didn’t expect he’d break her heart.

“Leni,” he said. “I want you to meet my American wife.”

Leni still sat on the rocks watching the waves, drowning in sorrow, and wishing he hadn’t come back.

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  • 1. spicedmullings  |  May 25, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Thank God she only drowned in sorrow.
    He’s not worth the drowning in the sea!

    • 2. plaridel  |  May 26, 2016 at 10:01 am


      you’re right. in time, she’ll get over him, too.

  • 3. FabricatingFiction  |  May 26, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Oh Adrian! Still if he didn’t know her feelings…

    • 4. plaridel  |  May 26, 2016 at 10:00 am


      couldn’t help it but some guys are so dense.

  • 5. draliman  |  May 26, 2016 at 4:40 am

    Nasty chap should have at least sent her an invitation to the wedding – then at least she’d’ve known.

    • 6. plaridel  |  May 26, 2016 at 10:00 am


      i agree. he should have told her beforehand.

  • 7. wmqcolby  |  May 26, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Wow. Been there, done that, many times. But, like busses, there will always be another one coming along soon. Keep up the good work!

    • 8. plaridel  |  May 26, 2016 at 8:45 pm


      i totally agree. 🙂

  • 9. michael1148humphris  |  May 26, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    She perhaps had a narrow escape, if not Adrian was very dense.

    • 10. plaridel  |  May 26, 2016 at 8:45 pm


      she didn’t deserve him.

  • 11. gahlearner  |  May 26, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Oh, so sad. What a disappointment for her. I hope she now can move on.

    • 12. plaridel  |  May 26, 2016 at 8:45 pm


      as the saying goes, what doesn’t kill her will make her stronger. 🙂

  • 13. Dreamer of Dreams  |  May 26, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Sad and well-narrated story! I, too, had a sad one about failed romance – something in that picture, I guess.

    • 14. plaridel  |  May 26, 2016 at 8:44 pm


      The picture prompt does evoke that kind of feeling.

  • 15. rgayer55  |  May 27, 2016 at 3:26 am

    The hometown girl (or boy) never gets taken seriously from a romance perspective. The girls from my area only wanted to date boys from the city. At least they only dented my heart instead of breaking it.

    • 16. plaridel  |  May 27, 2016 at 10:20 pm


      for better or worse, it seems to be the case most of the time.

  • 17. rochellewisoff  |  May 27, 2016 at 5:39 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    My heart went out to Leni. But perhaps now she’ll find a man worthy of her love. Nicely done.



    • 18. plaridel  |  May 27, 2016 at 10:19 pm


      if she opens up to possibilities, i’m sure she will.

  • 19. Keith's Ramblings  |  May 27, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Time to leave the shore and head for pastures new. What a sad little story.

    Visit Keith’s Ramblings

    • 20. plaridel  |  May 27, 2016 at 10:18 pm


      in time she’ll forget this episode in her life and find a more suitable partner.

  • 21. mjlstories  |  May 27, 2016 at 9:57 am

    A sad slice of life – I hope she finds the love she deserves.

    • 22. plaridel  |  May 27, 2016 at 10:18 pm


      if she has the courage to move on, no doubt, she will.

  • 23. Dale  |  May 27, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Communication is key… If she never said it, how could he possibly know (besides the fact that things must be spelled out to men…)

    • 24. plaridel  |  May 27, 2016 at 10:17 pm


      so glad, it doesn’t apply to all men. 🙂

  • 25. ansumani  |  May 27, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Not everyone feels the same way for another. Unrequited love can be complicated.

    • 26. plaridel  |  May 27, 2016 at 10:17 pm


      unfortunately, that’s very true.

  • 27. Amy Reese  |  May 27, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Oh no, no fair!! I don’t think he realized how much she cared for him. Well, there are other fish in the sea.

    • 28. plaridel  |  May 27, 2016 at 10:16 pm


      better ones if she cares to look.

  • 29. Perry Block (@PerryBlock)  |  May 28, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Pretty sad, but she should have known. Maybe time for her to travel a bit?

    • 30. plaridel  |  May 28, 2016 at 2:28 pm


      yes, it’s time to rewrite her life.

  • 31. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  May 28, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Too often true.. Never expect a promise to last, but then the opposite might happen too.

    • 32. plaridel  |  May 28, 2016 at 2:28 pm


      i totally agree.

  • 33. Dawn Quyle Landau  |  May 28, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Oh, such a real and familiar story. We all know someone who has lived it… well done, Plaridel!

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


      thank you. i’m glad you liked it. 🙂

  • 35. patriciaruthsusan  |  May 31, 2016 at 8:00 am

    There are two possibilities. Either she imagined and took things for granted and he was so used to her as a friend he didn’t have a clue. Or he knew and didn’t let on, hoping she’d feel differently later. If it was the second, he was careless of her feelings and she’s better off without him. She needs to get over him post haste and get on with her life. It’s sad but it happens. That is life. Good story, Plaridel, well done. —- Suzanne

    • 36. plaridel  |  May 31, 2016 at 11:07 am


      truth hurt, but he wasn’t romantically interested in her. she’d have to learn to move on.

  • 37. Siobhan McNamara  |  May 31, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I hope she finds a way to do something in life for herself, though I’m not sure she has it in her. Well told

    • 38. plaridel  |  June 1, 2016 at 4:01 pm


      she should find a way for her own good.

  • 39. lingeringvisions by Dawn  |  June 1, 2016 at 3:22 am

    So sad.

    • 40. plaridel  |  June 1, 2016 at 4:02 pm


      i know. sometimes life throws you a lemon.


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