Conflicted

May 24, 2017 at 9:13 pm 41 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 26 May 2017

J Hardy Carroll

Photo Credit: J Hardy Carroll

Olivia found herself standing amid the rubble of the house that her grandfather built.

Whenever she visited him in the nursing home, he’d always ask about the house. It was his pride and joy and hoped that it’d remain in the family for generations.

Now Olivia was conflicted about telling him about the twister that came without warning and tore it down to pieces.

“Don’t you think Grandpa is entitled to know the truth?” Her husband asked.

“Yes, but…”

Suddenly, her cell phone rang. The caller said, “I’m sorry to inform you that your grandfather has passed away this morning.“

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41 Comments Add your own

  • 1. draliman  |  May 25, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Almost as if somehow he knew about the tornado and went with the house.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  May 25, 2017 at 10:22 am

      draliman:

      it was possible.

      Reply
      • 3. FabricatingFiction  |  May 27, 2017 at 1:08 am

        Maybe he was the tornado and took his house with him

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        • 4. plaridel  |  May 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm

          louise:

          it’s possible. some folks tend to destroy what they could no longer have.

          Reply
    • 5. Alicia Jamtaas  |  May 28, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Good thought, there.

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      • 6. plaridel  |  May 30, 2017 at 9:45 am

        alicia:

        i concur.

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  • 7. kittysverses  |  May 25, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Thank God, at least grandpa was relieved of the pain he had to endure had he known of the house’s state. Well written.

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  • 10. yarnspinnerr  |  May 25, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Hopefully he passed of not knowing about the tragedy.

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    • 11. plaridel  |  May 25, 2017 at 10:20 am

      yarnspinnerr:

      certainly, it would be a relief to the family left behind.

      Reply
  • 12. Iain Kelly  |  May 25, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I think it was better he passed away not knowing. Nice story.

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    • 13. plaridel  |  May 26, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      iain:

      under the circumstances, it was.

      Reply
  • 14. Liz Young  |  May 26, 2017 at 2:28 am

    She made the right choice – why tell him something he can do nothing about?

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    • 15. plaridel  |  May 26, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      liz:

      i second the motion.

      Reply
  • 16. rochellewisoff  |  May 26, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    What a relief that the decision was made for her. It feels as if the grandfather and the house had a symbiotic relationship. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 17. plaridel  |  May 26, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      rochelle:

      i guess we can look at it that way.

      Reply
  • 18. Sandra  |  May 26, 2017 at 7:10 am

    At least he’ll never know. Nicely done.

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    • 19. plaridel  |  May 26, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      sandra:

      i agree totally.

      Reply
  • 20. Christine Goodnough  |  May 26, 2017 at 8:09 am

    In a case like that and depending on grandpa’s mental state, I can understand her hesitation. It’s good he never knew.

    A friend’s Mom got Alzheimer’s and kept asking when they’d visit, “Where’s Dad?” And when they told her Dad had passed on, her grief was fresh and anguishing. One day she got it fixed in her mind that “Dad’s in the workshop. He should be in soon.” She was finally at peace — and they never again reminded her of the truth.

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    • 21. plaridel  |  May 26, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      christine:

      a white lie is preferable, indeed. in this case, honesty doesn’t pay.

      Reply
  • 22. Sarah Ann  |  May 26, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Poor Olivia. She really has too much on her plate at the moment. It never rains…

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    • 23. plaridel  |  May 26, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      sarah ann:

      things should work out in the end. she can rebuild.

      Reply
  • 24. granonine  |  May 26, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Perfect timing 🙂

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    • 25. plaridel  |  May 26, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      linda:

      just saved by the bell. 🙂

      Reply
  • 26. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  May 27, 2017 at 11:49 am

    He had old fashioned values of family and home. It was best for him to never know. His images of his home went with him. A very touching story.
    Isadora 😎

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    • 27. plaridel  |  May 27, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      isadora:

      yes, i’m sure he died peacefully.

      Reply
  • 28. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  May 27, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Maybe the house knew and saw no purpose any longer… maybe it is better than having the relatives fighting over the property.

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    • 29. plaridel  |  May 27, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      björn:

      it was a possibility for sure.

      Reply
  • 30. Dale  |  May 27, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Well that worked out in her favour, didn’t it? Not that losing the house was a good thing…

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    • 31. plaridel  |  May 30, 2017 at 9:46 am

      dale:

      if anything, the insurance will take of what’s left.

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      • 32. Dale  |  May 30, 2017 at 10:14 am

        That’s for sure!

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        • 33. plaridel  |  May 30, 2017 at 6:19 pm

          dale:

          you bet.

          Reply
  • 34. Alicia Jamtaas  |  May 28, 2017 at 10:49 am

    A hard decision made slightly easier. Good take on the prompt.

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    • 35. plaridel  |  May 30, 2017 at 9:45 am

      alicia:

      in a way, it was a blessing.

      Reply
  • 36. Michael Wynn  |  May 29, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    A bit like the grandfather clock that stopped when it’s owner died, I don’t know which of these went first but the bond seemed to be there

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    • 37. plaridel  |  May 30, 2017 at 9:44 am

      mick:

      you’re probably right.

      Reply
  • 38. patriciaruthsusan  |  May 30, 2017 at 3:08 am

    It’s probably better her grandfather didn’t know the house was destroyed. At least the land is there if they want to rebuild. I hope there was insurance. Good writing, Plaridel. —- Suzanne

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    • 39. plaridel  |  May 30, 2017 at 9:44 am

      suzanne:

      it was good thing, fate intervened. i’d would break his heart had he known.

      Reply
  • 40. rgayer55  |  May 30, 2017 at 11:07 am

    That got her off the hook. Sometimes things work out that way.

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    • 41. plaridel  |  May 30, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      russell:

      it did lessen the pain.

      Reply

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