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For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 5 January 2018

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Ryan felt so homesick watching city workers prepare for the holidays that he decided to go to the food court to splurge.

He ordered teriyaki chicken over rice. It was as close to his mom’s cooking as he remembered.

“It’s $7.78.” the woman behind the counter said.

Ryan handed her a $20 bill, the only money he had.

He was an ex-Marine who had problems adjusting to civilian life. Diagnosed with PTSD, he had become an outcast.

Meanwhile, a woman was seen standing outside his tent at the homeless camp. It was his sister waiting patiently for a hopeful reunion.

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  • 1. Iain Kelly  |  January 3, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    There is hope for him yet.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  January 3, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      iain:

      with his family’s help, nothing is impossible.

      Reply
  • 3. Alice Audrey  |  January 3, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    I really, really want to see them get a happy reunion.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  January 3, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      alice:

      it’ll be good for him.

      Reply
  • 5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  January 3, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Oh I hope for a reunion.. it has to happen now.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  January 3, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      björn:

      hope springs eternal.

      Reply
  • 7. Christine Goodnough  |  January 3, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    He really needs someone to care about him. Often that’s all it takes.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  January 3, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      christine:

      i agree. he can’t do it by himself.

      Reply
  • 9. Dale  |  January 3, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    What it his sister? If so, I so hope it will help him… (just change the “her” to “his” if this is the case…

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    • 10. plaridel  |  January 3, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      dale:

      good catch! thanks for watching my back. corrected as we speak. 🙂

      Reply
      • 11. Dale  |  January 3, 2018 at 10:18 pm

        You bet! (It’s only because I was confused 😉)

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        • 12. plaridel  |  January 4, 2018 at 9:11 am

          dale:

          i always make that mistake. in my native language, pronouns aren’t gender-specific.

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          • 13. Dale  |  January 4, 2018 at 9:13 am

            My dear Plaridel, you do a fabulous job in a second language, as far as I am concerned. This was a wee error that went unnoticed by most!

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            • 14. plaridel  |  January 4, 2018 at 7:06 pm

              dale:

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

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              • 15. Dale  |  January 5, 2018 at 11:28 am

                ☺ I say what I mean…

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                • 16. plaridel  |  January 5, 2018 at 11:59 am

                  dale:

                  🙂

                  Reply
  • 17. anuragbakhshi  |  January 3, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    That’s what family is for, catching you when you fall. No better safety net!

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    • 18. plaridel  |  January 4, 2018 at 9:11 am

      anurag:

      that’s very true, indeed.

      Reply
  • 19. draliman  |  January 4, 2018 at 1:01 am

    He’s in for a nice surprise! Fingers crossed for him.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  January 4, 2018 at 9:11 am

      draliman:

      i see her looking at her watch. he better hurry. 🙂

      Reply
  • 21. Sandra  |  January 4, 2018 at 2:55 am

    A hopeful piece.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  January 4, 2018 at 9:10 am

      sandra:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 23. Lynn Love  |  January 4, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Let’s hope he gets back before his sister leaves. Nicely written tale

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    • 24. plaridel  |  January 4, 2018 at 9:10 am

      lynn:

      thanks for reading. much appreciated.

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      • 25. Lynn Love  |  January 6, 2018 at 5:33 am

        Pleasure

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        • 26. plaridel  |  January 6, 2018 at 1:51 pm

          lynn:

          alright! alright! 🙂

          Reply
  • 27. Fabricating Fiction/Louise Jensen  |  January 4, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Aww glad his sister came.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  January 4, 2018 at 9:10 am

      louise:

      what’s family for? they miss him.

      Reply
  • 29. Liz Young  |  January 4, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Is this part of a longer story? Hope there’s a happy ending in sight.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  January 4, 2018 at 9:12 am

      liz:

      you bet. i believe in happy ending.

      Reply
  • 31. rochellewisoff  |  January 4, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Dear Plaridel

    A lot of story in few words. I like a hopeful ending. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 32. plaridel  |  January 4, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      rochelle:

      i do get carried away sometimes. but i’m glad you liked it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 33. Keith's Ramblings  |  January 4, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Things are about to get better methinks. A tale of our times, regrettably.

    Click to read my FriFic!

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    • 34. plaridel  |  January 4, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      keith:

      he deserves a second chance.

      Reply
  • 35. Moon  |  January 5, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Wonderful story. I hope he returns and finds belongingness.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  January 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      moon:

      yes, it’s about time.

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  • 37. Fatima Fakier  |  January 6, 2018 at 3:53 am

    And like hope rising, his sister appears back in his life. He will need the support. Though maybe it might take him some time to get used to her company again. Sensitive story.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  January 6, 2018 at 1:52 pm

      fatima:

      if it happens, it would be a good start.

      Reply
  • 39. patriciaruthsusan  |  January 6, 2018 at 5:09 am

    I hope when he returns they do have a great reunion that keeps them together. It sounds like they really need one another. Good writing, Plaridel. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • 40. plaridel  |  January 6, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      suzanne:

      thank you for reading and the usual support. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 41. granonine  |  January 6, 2018 at 11:44 am

    this touched my heart because I’ve worked with vets who have PTSD. I sure hope he links up with his family again.

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    • 42. plaridel  |  January 6, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      linda:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 43. Sarah Ann  |  January 6, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    I hope Ryan gets back to his tent before his sister leaves. A really heartrending tale of (possible) missed opportunity.

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    • 44. plaridel  |  January 6, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      sarah ann:

      in the spirit of the holidays, let’s hope for a happy ending. 🙂

      Reply
  • 45. Dan Bohn  |  January 7, 2018 at 2:33 am

    Brothers need their sisters. They are the smart ones. Nice!

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    • 46. plaridel  |  January 9, 2018 at 9:05 am

      dan:

      they need each other, indeed. thank you for reading.

      Reply

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