Better Dead Than Alive

May 2, 2018 at 9:00 am 20 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 4 May 2018

Note:In a few hours, I’ll be going to the airport to catch my flight overseas. Please accept my apologies if I can’t participate in the coming weeks. I’ll be back soon.

Karen Rawson

Photo Credit: Karen Rawson
From a distance, Amos watched with longing as Sara tended the vegetable garden in her backyard. He made sure she didn’t notice him.

Sara thought he had died in the Battle of Gettysburg and was buried in an unmarked grave leaving her in deep sorrow. He did survive but with a face so disfigured he felt he was better dead than alive.

After all these years, Amos could see that she had moved on. She was happily married with a family of her own.

Amos took one last drag off his cigarette and left as quietly as he had come.

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20 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susan A Eames  |  May 2, 2018 at 10:30 am

    That was so tragic but so beautifully done!
    p.s. have a lovely trip

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  • 2. Jelli  |  May 2, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Have a safe trip! See ya on the flipside!

  • 3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  May 2, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    I think he has moved on as well … hope to see you back again soon

  • 4. Iain Kelly  |  May 2, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Excellent story to leave us with, I liked the quiet as he just slips away. Safe travels.

  • 5. The Writer's Village  |  May 2, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Sad narrative.

  • 6. James  |  May 2, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Or he could be Jonah Hex (Google it). 😉 Have a good trip.

  • 7. k rawson  |  May 2, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    So sad, the poor fellow.
    Have a good trip!

  • 8. lisarey1990  |  May 2, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    So tragic. Stunningly written.

    Enjoy your trip! 🙂

  • 9. draliman  |  May 3, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Very sad, and well written! Have fun on your trip 🙂

  • 10. anuragbakhshi  |  May 3, 2018 at 1:23 am

    So touching. True love indeed.

  • 11. Norma  |  May 3, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Sad story. But liked the way they all have moved leaving behind the past, each with a bit of peace.
    Have a safe trip!

  • 12. rochellewisoff  |  May 3, 2018 at 5:43 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Tragic, believable and beautifully written. Safe travels.



  • 13. Dale  |  May 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Tragic that he didn’t trust her love for him yet I could understand why he would not put her in the position…
    Have a fabulous trip!

  • 14. gahlearner  |  May 3, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    That’s so sad, but they moved on and if he’d reveal who he was, everyone would be hurt. He’s a true hero. Have a safe trip and safe return.

  • 15. Sarah Ann  |  May 4, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Amos truly loved her. A pity he didn’t give her the chance to make her own decision though. A very touching story.

  • 16. jillyfunnell  |  May 5, 2018 at 12:05 am

    He just wanted to know she was okay, though he will always love her. Bon voyage, Plaridel!

  • 17. Liz Young  |  May 5, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Really truly sad, but he loved her enough not to force her to make the hard choice.

  • 18. Russell Gayer  |  May 5, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Maybe he could find work as Phantom of the Opera. I hope he learns to love himself and move on as well.

    Safe travels, my friend.

  • 19. granonine  |  May 5, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    How sad, and it happens in real life. War is a terrible thing.

  • 20. Fatima Fakier  |  May 6, 2018 at 5:13 am

    So sad. He will have to move on. Have safe journey!


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