The Missing Father

May 31, 2017 at 3:23 pm 36 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 2 June 2017

Karuna

Photo Credit: Karuna

He was supposed to be her missing father.

It was 20 years ago when their village was attacked and set on fire by rebel forces. She remembered crying and wanting not to let go when he left her at the refugee camp.

“Wait for me,” he said. “I have to go back and find the rest of the family.”

But he didn’t return. She was later adopted by a couple in Wisconsin.

“Papa,” she said. “I’m your daughter Aissa.”

He looked at her and giggled like a child. Caught and repeatedly tortured by the rebels, he had totally lost it.

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  • 1. jellico84  |  May 31, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Such a sad, sad story. One has to wonder how many such tales are too real. Great writing this week! 🙂 ❤

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    • 2. plaridel  |  May 31, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      jelli:

      i’m afraid it happens in different iterations.

      Reply
  • 3. Iain Kelly  |  May 31, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    A sad story but an epic sweep to your 100 words. Good stuff.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  May 31, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      iain:

      thank you for the generous comment. 🙂

      Reply
  • 5. draliman  |  June 1, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Very sad. Father and daughter have traded places, almost.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  June 1, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      draliman:

      war is hell. civilians can be casualties, too.

      Reply
  • 7. rgayer55  |  June 1, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Whoa, that caught me off guard. How terrible, but at least he’s happy.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  June 1, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      russell:

      sorry, i tried to come up with something funny, but i failed.

      Reply
  • 9. Rosemary Carlson  |  June 1, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Sad and probably true for many families.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  June 1, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      rosemary:

      i agree.

      Reply
  • 11. James  |  June 1, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Tragic reunion.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  June 1, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      james:

      yes, after all these years, it came to this.

      Reply
  • 13. rochellewisoff  |  June 1, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Dear Plaridel,

    I’m sure it wasn’t the reunion she’d imagined. Sad.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 14. plaridel  |  June 2, 2017 at 11:15 am

      rochelle:

      it was sad, indeed.

      Reply
  • 15. Liz Young  |  June 2, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Tragic ending to her search.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  June 2, 2017 at 11:14 am

      liz:

      hopefully, she could learn to live with it.

      Reply
  • 17. Keith's Ramblings  |  June 2, 2017 at 6:32 am

    What a sad and sorrowful situation. At least they have each other.

    Cast Aside – a very short story

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    • 18. plaridel  |  June 2, 2017 at 11:14 am

      keith:

      now she’d need some help to cope with the situation.

      Reply
  • 19. granonine  |  June 2, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Why do we need fictional horror stories when there is so much real horror in our world? Your story is completely believable.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  June 2, 2017 at 11:13 am

      linda:

      it happens when the powers-that-be don’t learn to agree to disagree. thank you for reading.

      Reply
  • 21. Dale  |  June 2, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    On the upside for the father, he does not have to worry about what happened to his daughter…

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    • 22. plaridel  |  June 3, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      dale:

      if only he could realize that…

      Reply
  • 23. michael1148humphris  |  June 2, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I hope that he recovers for both there shakes.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  June 3, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      michael:

      it would be awesome if it ever happens.

      Reply
  • 25. Michael Wynn  |  June 3, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Sad story, somethings, especially when they have gone past a certain point, can never be put right

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    • 26. plaridel  |  June 3, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      mick:

      yes, i’m afraid he has reached that point of no return.

      Reply
  • 27. Indira  |  June 3, 2017 at 5:33 am

    It’s a sad story. Well written.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  June 3, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      indira:

      thank you for the encouragement.

      Reply
      • 29. Indira  |  June 7, 2017 at 8:09 am

        You write very well.

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        • 30. plaridel  |  June 8, 2017 at 11:32 am

          indira:

          it’s very generous of you to say that. thank you.

          Reply
  • 31. Weltchysnotebook  |  June 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Poor guy. Nicely told story

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    • 32. plaridel  |  June 5, 2017 at 9:03 am

      weltchy:

      your comment is much appreciated. thank you.

      Reply
  • 33. subroto  |  June 4, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Collateral damage is the word they use these days. Great story.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  June 5, 2017 at 9:04 am

      subroto:

      you’re right on the money. thank you.

      Reply
  • 35. Sarah Ann  |  June 5, 2017 at 5:16 am

    I like where you took your story from the prompt. So sad that by the time they were reunited it was too late.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  June 5, 2017 at 9:07 am

      sarah ann:

      looking at the prompt, i couldn’t imagine otherwise.

      Reply

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