I Love Us

July 5, 2017 at 3:04 pm 60 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 7 July 2017

Claire Sheldon

Photo Credit: Claire Sheldon

Rachel saw life passing her by. She felt abandoned like the stack of paper clips on her desk.

Once there was Brian who proposed to her. Although she loved him, she let him get away because of family objections. “He’s not one of us,” her father admonished. “I forbid you to see him anymore.”

“I can wait,” Brian said. “I just don’t know for how long.”

Now he was back after completing his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. He called and asked if they could meet for dinner.

“Of course,” Rachel replied defying her father’s wishes. “I’d be delighted.”

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  • 1. James  |  July 5, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Not “one of us”. Wonder how Dad means that?

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    • 2. plaridel  |  July 5, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      james:

      it was for religious reasons.

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      • 3. James  |  July 5, 2017 at 3:19 pm

        Sorry. I must have missed that.

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        • 4. plaridel  |  July 5, 2017 at 3:20 pm

          james:

          it wasn’t very obvious. needed to fit the story in 100 words. πŸ™‚

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  • 5. michael1148humphris  |  July 5, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    So pleased that Rachel has at last found her own voice, I hope that she holds her nerve.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  July 5, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      michael:

      it was a good start.

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  • 7. Jade M. Wong  |  July 5, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    I hope Rachel follows her heart. Love, after all, knows no race, religion, or boundaries πŸ™‚

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    • 8. plaridel  |  July 5, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      jade:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 9. Moon  |  July 5, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    It’s hard to resist true love. I guess it is above and beyond the objections and rules. However, it takes tremendous courage to stand brave in the face of adversity. I wish Rachel well.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  July 5, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      moon:

      it’s a tough road ahead. she’ll need all the encouragement she can get.

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  • 11. Dale  |  July 5, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Good for her on putting on her “big-girl-pants”…
    Not easy when cultures clash but if the love is strong enough…

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    • 12. plaridel  |  July 6, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      dale:

      hopefully, there’ll be a compromise somewhere.

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      • 13. Dale  |  July 7, 2017 at 6:30 am

        Yes, hopefully.

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        • 14. plaridel  |  July 7, 2017 at 7:43 pm

          dale:

          let’s keep our fingers crossed. πŸ™‚

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  • 15. FabricatingFiction  |  July 6, 2017 at 12:44 am

    I hope it works out for them.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  July 6, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      louise:

      i’d say think positive.

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  • 17. Iain Kelly  |  July 6, 2017 at 12:57 am

    I hope he is worth the trouble that will come from her family. Good luck to them.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  July 6, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      iain:

      she’s taking a great risk. hopefully, it’s all worth it.

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  • 19. L.E.R.T  |  July 6, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Good one. I enjoyed reading this. Cheers

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    • 20. plaridel  |  July 6, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      varadharajan:

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

      Reply
  • 21. wmqcolby  |  July 6, 2017 at 3:24 am

    Just like Romeo and Juliette. Nice, Plaridel. I would love to find out how it all ends. Might turn out her father was right and they really weren’t suited for each other! That HAS been known to happen. πŸ˜€

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    • 22. plaridel  |  July 6, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      kent:

      you’ve got a point there. if nothing else, she won’t be living her life wondering, “what if?”

      Reply
      • 23. wmqcolby  |  July 6, 2017 at 4:10 pm

        True. I mean, you don’t know if you don’t try. Then, again, she might think, gee. I wasted the best years of my life on THAT idiot when I could have listened to my dad. Both could have been wrong and maybe she was destined for the nunnery. πŸ˜€

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        • 24. plaridel  |  July 7, 2017 at 7:44 pm

          kent:

          yes, it’s an imperfect world. anything is possible.

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  • 25. Sandra  |  July 6, 2017 at 3:26 am

    Love conquers all! πŸ™‚

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    • 26. plaridel  |  July 6, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      sandra:

      by the law of averages, i think you’re right.

      Reply
  • 27. Miles Rost  |  July 6, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Sometimes, defying your earthly father in order to please a heavenly father is needed. Well met, Plaridel!

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    • 28. plaridel  |  July 6, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      miles rost:

      great comment. i deeply appreciate it.

      Reply
  • 29. granonine  |  July 6, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Hooray for love!

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    • 30. plaridel  |  July 6, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      linda:

      i second the motion. πŸ™‚

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  • 31. draliman  |  July 6, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Good for her πŸ™‚

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    • 32. plaridel  |  July 6, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      draliman:

      she should be commended for following her heart against all odds.

      Reply
  • 33. Keith's Ramblings  |  July 6, 2017 at 8:52 am

    True love crosses divides, and so it should. Excellent

    Please click to read my FriFic

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    • 34. plaridel  |  July 6, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      keith:

      i agree completely.

      Reply
  • 35. Tracey@MyBajaKitchen.com and TraceyDelaplainMD.com  |  July 6, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Good for her.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  July 6, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      tracey:

      let’s hope for the best.

      Reply
  • 37. BjΓΆrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  July 6, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    So many reasons why he wouldn’t be allowed… but I hope that perseverance works for them

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    • 38. plaridel  |  July 6, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      bjΓΆrn:

      it would be a happy ending when it does.

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  • 39. Alicia Jamtaas  |  July 6, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Good for her! Thanks for a happy ending ~ which I know it will be.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  July 7, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      alicia:

      quite optimistic of you. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 41. rgayer55  |  July 6, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    The fastest way to drive your daughter into a boy’s arms is to forbid her to see him. If he’s a loser, she’ll see the light eventually. If not, you’ll have an excellent son-in-law.

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    • 42. plaridel  |  July 7, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      russell:

      based on the law of probability, if she was brought up right, she’ll do fine. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 43. Christine Goodnough  |  July 8, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Wonderful that you’re giving her a second chance. Hope this story ends well.πŸ˜‘

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    • 44. plaridel  |  July 9, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      christine:

      it should… πŸ™‚

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  • 45. amiewrites74  |  July 8, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Good for her! I’m glad she followed her heart.

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    • 46. plaridel  |  July 9, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      amie:

      me, too. πŸ™‚

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  • 47. gahlearner  |  July 9, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Good for her and Brian. Her parents will have to get used to it. Lovely story.

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    • 48. plaridel  |  July 9, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      gahlearner:

      well, the jury’s still out.

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  • 49. Liz Young  |  July 10, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Prejudice is everywhere – hope they make it, with or without approval.

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    • 50. plaridel  |  July 10, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      liz:

      sadly, it’s the world wr live in.

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  • 51. Liz Young  |  July 10, 2017 at 2:44 am

    ps – if you were worried about the word count, her father could have said ‘He’s not of our faith’ rather than’He’s not one of us’. Just a thought πŸ™‚

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    • 52. plaridel  |  July 10, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      liz:

      that would do, too. thank you. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 53. patriciaruthsusan  |  July 10, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Good for Rachel. She learned a valuable lesson when it was almost too late. There wouldn’t have been a third time. Good writing, Plaridel.

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    • 54. plaridel  |  July 10, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      suzanne:

      just in time. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 55. Sarah Ann  |  July 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Let’s hope they have a happy ending πŸ™‚

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    • 56. plaridel  |  July 10, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      sarah ann:

      i’s rightfully deserved.

      Reply
  • 57. lingeringvisions by Dawn  |  July 11, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Sometimes you jut have to follow your heart.

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    • 58. plaridel  |  July 12, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      dawn:

      yes, i believe so.

      Reply
    • 60. plaridel  |  July 19, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      tanya:

      thank you for stopping by. i appreciate it very much.

      Reply

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