The Ancestral Home

June 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm 35 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 9 June 2017

Sarah Potter

Photo Credit: Sarah Potter

The civil war was finally over. Although pockets of resistance remained, the residents were allowed to return to the village.

Aissa and her widowed mother were excited to see the ancestral home again where happy memories took root. A pair of squawking birds flew over as she opened the door. Aissa looked around and saw wild vines creeping through broken windows. After years of neglect, she found it was still salvageable with most of the damage concentrated in the kitchen area.

“Mama,” Aissa said. “We’re home. Let’s pray to Allah that the rest of the family find their way back.”

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35 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dale  |  June 7, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    That’s the spirit!

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  June 8, 2017 at 11:33 am

      dale:

      i’m with you. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. draliman  |  June 8, 2017 at 6:52 am

    At least their home is still more or less in one piece.

    Reply
    • 4. plaridel  |  June 8, 2017 at 11:34 am

      draliman:

      they are more fortunate compared to the others.

      Reply
  • 5. Alicia Jamtaas  |  June 8, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Ah, the kitchen That really hits the heart of a home. Well done.

    Reply
    • 6. plaridel  |  June 8, 2017 at 11:37 am

      alicia:

      your comment is much appreciated as usual. thank you.

      Reply
  • 7. jwdwrites  |  June 8, 2017 at 10:07 am

    A unique take on the prompt. Good one. 🙂

    Reply
    • 8. plaridel  |  June 8, 2017 at 11:39 am

      jwdwrites:

      i use the story as a metaphor for rebuilding the country after a major strife.

      Reply
  • 9. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover  |  June 8, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Nicely written piece.

    Reply
    • 10. plaridel  |  June 9, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      life lessons of a dog lover:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 11. subroto  |  June 8, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    And that’s how the rebuilding starts. Nice one.

    Reply
    • 12. plaridel  |  June 9, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      subroto:

      i guess one can always live in hope.

      Reply
  • 13. rochellewisoff  |  June 9, 2017 at 4:52 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Thank you for the uplift. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    Reply
    • 14. plaridel  |  June 9, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      rochelle:

      thank you for reading. feels good to think positive once in a while.

      Reply
  • 15. Liz Young  |  June 9, 2017 at 5:57 am

    An optimist – lovely!

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    • 16. plaridel  |  June 9, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      liz:

      yes, for a change. 🙂

      Reply
  • 17. Keith's Ramblings  |  June 9, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Refreshingly different, and a great tale of hope over adversity.

    ‘Look at it now’ My story.

    Reply
    • 18. plaridel  |  June 9, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      keith:

      i could have ended it differently, but i resisted this time.

      Reply
  • 19. wmqcolby  |  June 10, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Terrific exposition, Plaridel. I could see it all happening.

    Reply
    • 20. plaridel  |  June 10, 2017 at 9:53 am

      kent:

      thank you for your generous comment.

      Reply
  • 21. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  June 10, 2017 at 9:30 am

    This is a story I hope will be written many many times in year to come.

    Reply
    • 22. plaridel  |  June 10, 2017 at 9:51 am

      björn:

      hope springs eternal. 🙂

      Reply
  • 23. rgayer55  |  June 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I like the uplifting and positive message here. Well done.

    Reply
    • 24. plaridel  |  June 12, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      russell:

      what a compliment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 25. magarisa  |  June 11, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    What a lovely, hopeful story!

    Reply
    • 26. plaridel  |  June 12, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      magarisa:

      you’re very kind. thank you.

      Reply
      • 27. magarisa  |  June 12, 2017 at 7:48 pm

        You’re welcome, Plaridel.

        Reply
        • 28. plaridel  |  June 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm

          magarisa:

          awesome! 🙂

          Reply
  • 29. Michael Wynn  |  June 11, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Uplifting tale, there’s hope. Well done

    Reply
    • 30. plaridel  |  June 12, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      mick:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 31. yuhublogger  |  June 13, 2017 at 10:02 am

    A very cute story! I’m sure things will turn out fine. So positive.

    Reply
    • 32. plaridel  |  June 13, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      yuhu:

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

      Reply
  • 33. patriciaruthsusan  |  June 13, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    A timely story, Plaridel. It’s a shame many families return to little but rubble. Good writing. —- Suzanne

    Reply
    • 34. plaridel  |  June 14, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      suzanne:

      the main thing is not to lose hope.

      Reply

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