One Cold Winter’s Night

April 17, 2019 at 9:26 am 38 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 19 April 2019

I’m leaving for England later this week. As a result, I’ll be on hiatus in the next three weeks. Sorry, I may not be able to make comments or respond to your comments until I return. Take care.

Dale Rogerson
Photo Credit: Dale Rogerson

 
The building looked rundown, but it was home for new refugees run by Catholic missionaries. It was here that Aras found his wife.

“Be careful,” he told Ariyah before she fled to the neighboring country.

One cold winter’s night, Aras headed towards the border to follow her wife. Shots rang out. Although he was hit several times, it didnβ€˜t stop him from running.

Finally, he’d come face to face with his wife as she was doing her chores.

“Ariyah,” he cried. “I missed you so much.”

But Ariyah just ignored him. It was then that he realized he was dead.

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38 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susan A Eames  |  April 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Wow – I wasn’t expecting that ending! Excellent story.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • 2. plaridel  |  April 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm

      susan:

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

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  • 3. granonine  |  April 17, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Really unexpected twist at the end. Never thought about how long it takes someone to realize he’s dead πŸ™‚

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    • 4. plaridel  |  April 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm

      linda:

      i don’t know if it’s true but i read that when you die you remain the same person as when you’re alive.

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      • 5. gahlearner  |  April 19, 2019 at 2:18 pm

        This is such a sad story from the beginning, having to separate, flee their homes… and the ghostly ending makes it really heartbreaking. How many ghosts with similar stories are out there right now, I wonder.

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        • 6. plaridel  |  May 13, 2019 at 2:49 pm

          gahlearner:

          i think thare are a lot of folks out there who don’t accept that they’re already dead and unwilling to cross over into the light. sorry for the late reply as i just got back from vacation. πŸ™‚

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  • 7. Jade Li  |  April 17, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    That’s quite the twist. So sad! Bon voyage!

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    • 8. plaridel  |  April 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm

      jade:

      thank you. i’m sure it will be a blast. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 9. rochellewisoff  |  April 18, 2019 at 4:32 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Well told ghostly tale.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 10. plaridel  |  April 18, 2019 at 3:19 pm

      rochelle:

      thank you for reading. i’ll be back in three weeks. πŸ™‚

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  • 11. ceayr  |  April 18, 2019 at 7:12 am

    You’d think it would be the sort of little detail he’d notice

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    • 12. plaridel  |  April 18, 2019 at 3:19 pm

      ceayr:

      he did notice after awhile.

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  • 13. Brenda's Thoughts  |  April 18, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Poor Aras, he just wanted to be reunited with his wife. Ghostly story.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  April 18, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      brenda:

      i wish i could have put a happy ending to the story, but the picture prompt made me do it otherwise.

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      • 15. Brenda's Thoughts  |  April 19, 2019 at 10:20 am

        It’s okay, sometimes the ending cannot be happy.

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        • 16. plaridel  |  May 13, 2019 at 2:50 pm

          brenda:

          yes, it’s the flow of the story that dictates how the ending goes. sorry for the late reply as i just got back from vacation. πŸ™‚

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          • 17. Brenda's Thoughts  |  May 14, 2019 at 1:25 am

            No problem, I hope you had a lovely vacation!

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            • 18. plaridel  |  May 15, 2019 at 12:05 pm

              brenda:

              i did visiting southern england while trees start to leaf and beautiful flowers all over the place. πŸ™‚

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  • 21. draliman  |  April 18, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Oh dear. He must have been desperate to find her. Hopefully now he can find peace.
    I hope you enjoy your visit over here in England!

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    • 22. plaridel  |  April 18, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      draliman:

      i’ve sure i’d have fun as in my previous two visits. this time i’m going to kent county.

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  • 23. Dale  |  April 18, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    When ghosts don’t know they’re ghosts… it’s a sad thing

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    • 24. plaridel  |  April 18, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      dale:

      i know. someday, we may experience the same thing.

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  • 25. Abhijit Ray  |  April 18, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Newly dead often forget they are not alive any more. Poor Aras all hope of making a new life with his wife dashed.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  May 13, 2019 at 2:50 pm

      abhijit:

      i totally agree. sorry for the late reply as i just got back from vacation. πŸ™‚

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      • 27. Abhijit Ray  |  May 13, 2019 at 6:20 pm

        Welcome back.

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        • 28. plaridel  |  May 15, 2019 at 12:06 pm

          abhijit:

          sure am glad to sleep in my own bed again. πŸ™‚

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          • 29. Abhijit Ray  |  May 15, 2019 at 8:48 pm

            Nothing can beat the feeling.

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            • 30. plaridel  |  May 16, 2019 at 9:36 am

              abhijit:

              i totally agree.

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  • 31. Margaret  |  April 19, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Wow that was a surprise ending. And a thought worth pondering – when does a ghost realise he’s a ghost?

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    • 32. plaridel  |  May 13, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      margaret:

      i guess when a loved one who preceded tell him so. sorry for the late reply as i just got back from vacation. πŸ™‚

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  • 33. Violet Lentz  |  April 20, 2019 at 3:40 am

    Makes me wonder if it isn’t just like that when we die. Nice write.. Have a good time in England!

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    • 34. plaridel  |  May 13, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      violet:

      i read somewhere that sometimes it takes time to figure out that you have already died since you remain the same person. sorry for the late reply as i just got back from vacation. πŸ™‚

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  • 35. patriciaruthsusan  |  April 22, 2019 at 1:18 am

    This was a good story with a great ending twist, Plaridel. Well done. Have an enjoyable trip. πŸ™‚ —- Suzanne

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    • 36. plaridel  |  May 13, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      suzanne:

      i appreciate the positive comment. sorry for the late reply as i just got back from vacation. πŸ™‚

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  • 37. Fatima Fakier  |  April 22, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Good twist at the end!

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    • 38. plaridel  |  May 13, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      fatima:

      i’m glad you liked it. sorry for the late reply as i just got back from vacation. πŸ™‚

      Reply

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