The Day We Said Goodbye

June 22, 2016 at 1:49 pm 32 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 24 June 2016

NOTE: This will be my last post for a while. I expect to be back in the next few weeks.

Rich Voza
Photo Credit: Rich Voza

I was eleven when our family immigrated to America.

I found her sitting on the bench outside. When I offered her half a piece of gum, she took it without saying a word.

Tara was my best friend growing up in the same neighborhood.

“I’m sorry, I have to go.”

“Me, too,” she said, her head bowed down.

I left her fiddling with the action figure I gave her for Christmas.

As we drove to the airport, I tried to look at her one last time but she was already gone back inside the house.

I never saw her again.

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32 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sandra  |  June 23, 2016 at 1:42 am

    Very touching. Look forward to having you back soon.

    • 2. plaridel  |  June 23, 2016 at 5:06 pm


      i’ll be back before you know it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 3. wmqcolby  |  June 23, 2016 at 2:04 am

    Gee, that’s too bad. We all had people in our lives we met and liked and later had to give up. Very nicely written.

    Hope to read more from you, Plaridel. All the best. Let us know how you’re doing.

    • 4. plaridel  |  June 23, 2016 at 5:05 pm


      it’ll just be a temporary thing. i’ll be back mid-july.

  • 5. Bjรถrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  June 23, 2016 at 4:27 am

    I cannot imagine how it is… though thinking about it, I think I’ve seen similar partings even when the leaving wasn’t as far as that…

    • 6. plaridel  |  June 23, 2016 at 5:05 pm


      i guess that’s what life’s all about. nothing stays permanent.

  • 7. Ann GrubbsnCritters  |  June 23, 2016 at 4:39 am

    Awww…heart-breaking. Maybe one day, your path will cross again. Looking forward to having you back!

    • 8. plaridel  |  June 23, 2016 at 5:04 pm


      i’ll be gone just a few weeks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 11. michael1148humphris  |  June 23, 2016 at 5:15 am

    There are so many hidden stories in departures. So goodbye but come you back soon.

    • 12. plaridel  |  June 23, 2016 at 5:04 pm


      thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 13. draliman  |  June 23, 2016 at 5:36 am

    That’s quite sad.
    See you when you get back!

    • 14. plaridel  |  June 23, 2016 at 5:04 pm


      life’s about hellos and goodbyes.

  • 15. rochellewisoff  |  June 24, 2016 at 3:22 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Sweet story. Enjoy your hiatus, see you soon.



    • 16. plaridel  |  June 25, 2016 at 11:10 am


      thank you. i’ll be back soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 17. lingeringvisions by Dawn  |  June 25, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Goodbyes are hard so I will say “so long!”

    • 18. plaridel  |  June 25, 2016 at 11:05 pm


      that’s true, indeed.

  • 19. liz young  |  June 26, 2016 at 4:32 am

    Sad, but I expect they both made other friends. Have a nice time, whatever you’re doing in your weeks away.

    • 20. plaridel  |  June 26, 2016 at 3:15 pm


      harder for adults, but kids usually do.

  • 21. madamewriter  |  June 26, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Childhood friendship loss is one of the cruelest memories. I feel like anyone who lived in numerous towns relates. You’ve captured the experience perfectly. Well done!

    • 22. plaridel  |  June 26, 2016 at 3:16 pm


      what a great compliment. thank you.

  • 23. mickwynn2013  |  June 26, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Parting is such sweet sorrow well conveyed by you. Nicely done. Hope you’re back soon

    • 24. plaridel  |  June 26, 2016 at 3:17 pm


      thank you. i’ll be back.

  • 25. rgayer55  |  June 27, 2016 at 8:56 am

    That was a very real slice of life. I can recall some experiences very similar to this one.

    We’ll miss your posts and look forward to having you back in July.

    • 26. plaridel  |  July 17, 2016 at 12:53 pm


      your comment is well appreciated. i’m glad to be back. sorry for the late reply.

  • 27. patriciaruthsusan  |  June 28, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    A,sad but heartwarming story, Plaridel. Have a good trip and we look forward to your return. —- Suzanne

    • 28. plaridel  |  July 17, 2016 at 12:52 pm


      i just got back from belize. i’m glad you liked the story. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 29. gahlearner  |  June 30, 2016 at 12:38 am

    You descrie the pain of going away and leaving people behind perfectly. Isn’t it about time the Startrek transporter was finally invented? I’ll miss you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 30. plaridel  |  July 17, 2016 at 12:50 pm


      i’m sorry for the late reply, but i’m back finally. i think the startrek transporter would be handy, indeed.

      • 31. gahlearner  |  July 19, 2016 at 12:20 am

        How nice to see you back. ๐Ÿ˜€

        • 32. plaridel  |  July 19, 2016 at 8:39 pm


          thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚


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