Like A Brother

July 19, 2017 at 2:15 pm 36 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 21 July 2017

Kent Bonham

Photo Credit: Kent Bonham

 
The best way to get over a woman is to turn her into literature.”

-Henry Miller

 
As usual, Ryan drove Ella to school in his beat up convertible. But today was different. When he looked at Ella with her hair playing in the wind, Ryan felt an itch in his heart he couldn’t scratch. He’d fallen in love.

At the prom, he found the courage to tell how much he loved her. But the feelings weren’t mutual. “I love you,” Ella said, “but like a brother.”

After graduation, they went their separate ways. For Ryan, the heartaches remained. It was only after he wrote about her in a book that he was able to move on.

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  • 1. granonine  |  July 19, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    The words no guy wants to hear. Good job.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  July 19, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      linda:

      i know.

      Reply
  • 3. michael1148humphris  |  July 19, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Along with writers writing, many a pop singer has sung a song, while artists paint, perhaps I should write about …

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    • 4. plaridel  |  July 19, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      michael:

      it’s true, indeed. art can be a lifesaver.

      Reply
  • 5. wmqcolby  |  July 19, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    She only wanted him for his car. But, I guess even if he had a job, too, she would have thought the same thing — brother.

    Simply told, Plaridel, and very real. Perfect!

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    • 6. plaridel  |  July 19, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      kent:

      i’m afraid you’ve got a point there.

      Reply
  • 7. Kelvin M. Knight's blog  |  July 19, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Ah, writing, the perfect cure for a broken heart. Liked your double photo prompt, that is, tying in the quote from Henry Miller.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  July 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      kelvin:

      i appreciate your generous comment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 9. Sandra  |  July 20, 2017 at 12:16 am

    That, sadly, is often the way of things.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  July 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      sandra:

      i know.

      Reply
  • 11. Nan Falkner  |  July 20, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Ryan was a good catch and an author too! Nice story – Nan

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    • 12. plaridel  |  July 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      nan:

      i think ryan would be happy to hear that. 🙂

      Reply
  • 13. draliman  |  July 20, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Urgh, those fateful words, “like a brother” 🙂 I’m glad he was able to move on.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  July 20, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      draliman:

      i guess what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

      Reply
  • 15. Iain Kelly  |  July 20, 2017 at 1:48 am

    So many of us have been in his position. That’s life I guess.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  July 20, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      iain:

      rejection is part of life indeed. we better get used to it.

      Reply
  • 17. Dale  |  July 20, 2017 at 8:08 am

    It is a sad fact of life… No one wants to break another’s heart but the heart feels what it feels… or doesn’t

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    • 18. plaridel  |  July 20, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      dale:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 19. Keith's Ramblings  |  July 20, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Aww, unrequited love! Hopefully, he had more luck with his book.

    Click to read my FriFic

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    • 20. plaridel  |  July 20, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      keith:

      if anything, she should thank her for serving as her inspiration.

      Reply
  • 21. Moon  |  July 20, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I feel for Ryan . Happy that writing became his catharsis in the real sense.
    Lovely story , Plaridel and true to life .

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    • 22. plaridel  |  July 21, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      moon:

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

      Reply
  • 23. rochellewisoff  |  July 21, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Very sweet story. I like the quote and the way he was able to move on by turning her into literature. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 24. plaridel  |  July 21, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      rochelle:

      thank you. the quote is often attributed to miller, although he might not have actually said it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 25. rgayer55  |  July 21, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Linda nailed it with the first comment. I think every guy has probably heard that line at some point in time. Writing people into a story is a good way to relieve the pain.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  July 23, 2017 at 9:04 am

      russell:

      it’s sad but true.

      Reply
  • 27. gahlearner  |  July 22, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Unrequited love is just something we all need to learn how to handle when we’re young. Only few hit it off the first time. Great story, Plaridel.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  July 23, 2017 at 9:02 am

      gahlearner:

      at that stage in life, it’s part of growing up.

      Reply
  • 29. Michael Wynn  |  July 23, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Great writing, writing can be the best therapy

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    • 30. plaridel  |  July 23, 2017 at 9:02 am

      mick:

      coming from you, it’s a great compliment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 31. Sascha Darlington  |  July 23, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    The catharsis of writing. Well told.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  July 24, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      sascha:

      it’s very generous of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 33. Sarah Ann  |  July 24, 2017 at 11:28 am

    I sensed Ryan’s disappointment. Well done.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  July 24, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      sarah:

      i appreciate your comment very much. thank you.

      Reply
  • 35. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  July 24, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Awwww … when you love but you aren’t loved in return. Poor guy it takes a lot of strength to admit feelings. Perhaps someone more loving came along and healed his heart. Good story
    Isadora 😎

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    • 36. plaridel  |  July 25, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      isadora:

      it’s very perceptive of you. 🙂

      Reply

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