For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 3 June 2016
Working on a cruise ship, Ahmed was away from home for months at a time.
With rumors of civil war escalating, his wife and daughter begged him not to go back anymore, but money was good, so he just ignored them.
Ahmed was at sea when the rebels overran their village and it took weeks of intense fighting before government forces recaptured it back.
When he returned, the sight of their ruined house brought him to his knees.
“We’re so lucky to be alive,” his wife said.
“Never again,” Ahmed sobbed unabashedly, “never again will I leave my family behind.”