Against All Odds

December 19, 2018 at 2:14 pm 45 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 21 December 2018

NOTE: She was all over the news lately. I couldn’t get her story out of my head, so I had to do something about it. I called her Ocel although that wasn’t her real name. May she rest in peace.

Adam Ickes
Photo Credit: Adam Ickes

 
For Ocel, Christmas came early. She was playing outside their house in a small Mayan village in Guatemala when her father arrived.

“Look what I got for you,” he said when she rushed to greet him. It was her first pair of shoes.

Ocel jumped up and down. She was so excited she couldn’t wait to try them on.

“Better wash your feet first,” he chuckled.

The following morning, Ocel and her father embarked on the 2,000-mile journey to America full of hope for a brighter future.

Ocel was last seen by the villagers proudly wearing her brand new shoes.
 

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45 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Iain Kelly  |  December 19, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Such a sad tale.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  December 20, 2018 at 9:02 am

      iain:

      it was really unfortunate.

      Reply
  • 3. Alice Audrey  |  December 19, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Trying to get in before Trump get’s his wall? A new pair of shoes isn’t going to be enough.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  December 20, 2018 at 9:01 am

      alice:

      sadly, it would take more than a new pair of shoes.

      Reply
  • 5. jillyfunnell  |  December 19, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    A shameful tragedy in a so-called civilised world.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  December 20, 2018 at 9:01 am

      jilly:

      it was indeed a tragedy and both sides of the aisle have no qualms about politicizing it.

      Reply
  • 7. Abhijit Ray  |  December 20, 2018 at 1:09 am

    Nice use of the prompt. Hope Ocel makes it to her destination. What is heard in media, Ocel would be safer where she was compared to where she is going to. Not to mention 2000 mil long journey.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  December 20, 2018 at 9:01 am

      abhijit:

      i left the story open-ended, so it would be up to the readers to draw their own conclusions.

      Reply
  • 9. anuragbakhshi  |  December 20, 2018 at 1:37 am

    Brutal and heartbreaking.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  December 20, 2018 at 9:00 am

      anurag:

      life can be tough.

      Reply
  • 11. draliman  |  December 20, 2018 at 2:09 am

    It sounds like a great adventure for a new life but your note implies something awful happened.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  December 20, 2018 at 9:00 am

      draliman:

      the actual girl on whom the story was based didn’t survive. but ocel’s fate could be different.

      Reply
  • 13. 4963andypop  |  December 20, 2018 at 8:51 am

    A sadness nearing truth. The only benefit to this wasteful loss of life is that now the problem has a name.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  December 20, 2018 at 9:06 am

      andrea:

      if anything, it brought more awareness to an existing situation the needs to be resolved.

      Reply
  • 15. rochellewisoff  |  December 20, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Dear Plaridel,

    So many sad stories. I hope Ocel’s has a happy ending. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 16. plaridel  |  December 21, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      rochelle:

      it would be nice if there’s a happy ending.

      Reply
  • 17. Dale  |  December 20, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Such a sad tale of the times, Plaridel. And poor Ocel is not alone in ending her journey thusly.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  December 21, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      dale:

      unfortunately, there are many others in similar situations around the world.

      Reply
      • 19. Dale  |  December 21, 2018 at 3:37 pm

        Yes…

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  • 20. Piyali  |  December 21, 2018 at 3:10 am

    A sad tale. Really tragic and Ocel is not the only one!

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    • 21. plaridel  |  December 21, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      piyali:

      sadly, i think you’re right.

      Reply
  • 22. Violet Lentz  |  December 21, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Very nice write. Difficult subject matter..

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    • 23. plaridel  |  December 21, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      violet:

      i’m glad you liked it. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 24. James McEwan  |  December 21, 2018 at 5:59 am

    A good pair of boots for a journey towards a new life. Good luck to them.

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    • 25. plaridel  |  December 21, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      james:

      i wish they could hear you.

      Reply
  • 26. granonine  |  December 21, 2018 at 8:26 am

    The father has said he lays no blame on the Border Patrol or the hospital. She died of dehydration. It takes several days for that to happen, not just a few hours. Yes, it’s a dangerous journey, especially for a vulnerable child.

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    • 27. plaridel  |  December 21, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      linda:

      well, i guess we can’t blame them for trying.

      Reply
  • 28. michael1148humphris  |  December 21, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Such events are grim. Modern capitalism has a lot to answer for. If it was possible I would develope the poorest countries so people were content to live on the landscape of their ancestors

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    • 29. plaridel  |  December 21, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      michael:

      great idea. the problem is that those who have less want more and those that have more want even more.

      Reply
  • 30. Brenda's Thoughts  |  December 21, 2018 at 9:53 am

    What a sad tale, she and her father had such dreams.

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    • 31. plaridel  |  December 21, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      brenda:

      if you’re in such a helpless situation, nothing’s left but to dream.

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      • 32. Brenda's Thoughts  |  December 21, 2018 at 10:39 pm

        That is certainly true. People living in desperate situations sometimes only have their dreams of a better life.

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        • 33. plaridel  |  December 22, 2018 at 2:02 pm

          brenda:

          it’s better not to give up. dreams can come true, too.

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  • 34. Russell Gayer  |  December 21, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    A timely topic, Plaridel. If Orange-hair gets his way, they’ll soon need a pole vaulting pole as well.

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    • 35. plaridel  |  December 21, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      russell:

      he promised that the mexico will pay for it. now he wants to shut down the government if there’s no funding for it. anyway, it’s just his way to fire up his base.

      Reply
  • 36. Keith's Ramblings  |  December 22, 2018 at 1:51 am

    A sorrowful story that leaves us wondering.

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    • 37. plaridel  |  December 22, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      keith:

      thank you for reading. i appreciate it very much.

      Reply
  • 38. Sandra  |  December 22, 2018 at 8:51 am

    So very sad

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    • 39. plaridel  |  December 22, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      sandra:

      i know… but the story must be told.

      Reply
  • 40. lisarey1990  |  December 22, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Aw, so sad.

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    • 41. plaridel  |  December 22, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      lisa:

      reality sucks sometimes.

      Reply
  • 42. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  December 23, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Was this the story of the little girl dying after she had crossed the border?

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    • 43. plaridel  |  December 26, 2018 at 11:08 am

      björn:

      yes, at least, part of it was.

      Reply
  • 44. Lydia C. Lee  |  November 11, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    I’m ignoring the news story that went with it and making it a happy story (the fiction actually reads either way). I might join in next time (I used to do First of the Month Fiction, but I got lazy!) Nice work.

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    • 45. plaridel  |  November 12, 2019 at 2:20 pm

      lydia:

      lydia:

      thank you. i think you’d like friday fictioners better. there’s a photo prompt posted every wednesday. we’ll be excited if you join us. https://rochellewisoff.com/ 🙂

      Reply

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