All Good Things Must Come to an End

June 19, 2019 at 9:29 am 40 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 21 June 2019

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 
I met her on a tour in France and hit it off right away. We both shared a love for Monet. In Giverny, we had a blast taking selfies on the bridge made famous by his paintings.

But I guess all good things like the tour must come to an end.

“My gate is further down there,” Abigail said when we arrived at the departure terminal at the airport. “Have a good life.”

“Say it only when you really mean it.”

Abigail smiled, gave me a quick hug, and walked away.

I watched her until she vanished from the crowd.

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  • 1. neilmacdon  |  June 19, 2019 at 10:19 am

    I guess everything has its season

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    • 2. plaridel  |  June 19, 2019 at 1:18 pm

      neil:

      it has to do with timing, too. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. jillyfunnell  |  June 19, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    You’ve just got to meet her again!

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    • 4. plaridel  |  June 19, 2019 at 1:18 pm

      jilly:

      like the title of a new movie, she’s always be his maybe. 🙂

      Reply
  • 5. msjadeli  |  June 19, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    There’s an uneasiness in that ending, a foreboding…

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    • 6. plaridel  |  June 19, 2019 at 1:18 pm

      msjadeli:

      she was like a ghost caught in a moment of time.

      Reply
  • 7. theministryofshrawleywalks  |  June 19, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Lovely moment in time, he’ll never forget her and will be forever looking for her subconsciously, maybe she was the one…

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    • 8. plaridel  |  June 20, 2019 at 9:33 am

      shrawley:

      we all have that kind of moments. after all, we’re only human.

      Reply
  • 9. Iain Kelly  |  June 19, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Abigail perhaps does not feel the same connection he does!

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    • 10. plaridel  |  June 20, 2019 at 9:33 am

      iain:

      you’re absolutely right.

      Reply
  • 11. Tannille  |  June 19, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Just a holiday fling…
    Felt the emotion in this story.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  June 20, 2019 at 9:33 am

      tannille:

      it was just a fling alright. hopefully, he could learn to get over it as much as she did.

      Reply
  • 13. pennygadd51  |  June 20, 2019 at 2:13 am

    Subtle writing, Plaridel. You describe a holiday romance and leave us wondering whether it had the potential to be more than that. I, for one, want to know why they didn’t arrange to stay in touch – there seems to be an air of regret from both characters.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  June 20, 2019 at 9:32 am

      penny:

      i deeply appreciate your thoughtful comment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 15. Keith's Ramblings  |  June 20, 2019 at 2:43 am

    I’ve often had a connection with a fellow traveller on the group tours I take. We say goodbye at the airport and promise to keep in touch …then don’t Nice one!

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    • 16. plaridel  |  June 20, 2019 at 9:32 am

      keith:

      one thing about going on tours. once you get to know them, it’s time to say goodbye.

      Reply
  • 17. Sandra  |  June 20, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Like ships that pass in the night.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  June 20, 2019 at 9:32 am

      sandra:

      nice metaphor. 🙂

      Reply
  • 19. draliman  |  June 20, 2019 at 4:36 am

    There’s nothing like a nice holiday fling 🙂

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    • 20. plaridel  |  June 20, 2019 at 9:31 am

      draliman:

      in a way, yes. no commitment, no pressure. 🙂

      Reply
  • 21. Dale  |  June 20, 2019 at 6:30 am

    Holiday flings can be just that…a fling. When one is more involved than the other, however, heartbreak ensues.
    Well done. Maybe like Sandy and Danny, they’ll meet up in high school for the final year 😉

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    • 22. plaridel  |  June 20, 2019 at 9:31 am

      dale:

      who knows? maybe they’ll meet again. 🙂

      Reply
  • 23. rochellewisoff  |  June 20, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Oh those holiday romances. I feel for him as he watches her disappear into the crowd. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 24. plaridel  |  June 20, 2019 at 9:31 am

      rochelle:

      thank you for reading as usual. much appreciated. 🙂

      Reply
  • 25. gahlearner  |  June 20, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Aw. It’s kind of a relief that they both see it for what it is, a holiday romance, to be remembered fondly.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  June 22, 2019 at 8:43 am

      gahlearner:

      excellent point. thank you.

      Reply
  • 27. patriciaruthsu  |  June 21, 2019 at 1:59 am

    A good story, Plaridel. It’s a bit like that old saying, “ships that pass in the night”. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • 28. plaridel  |  June 22, 2019 at 8:42 am

      suzanne:

      thank you for reading as usual. i’m glad you liked it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 29. Margaret  |  June 21, 2019 at 2:10 am

    ‘Have a good life.’ No way he could misunderstand that. I like the details that show what they did together, and the connection they made. Sad ending – I want a ‘happily ever after’ kind of thing – but life’s not like that, is it.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  June 22, 2019 at 8:42 am

      margaret:

      it could have ended differently if not for the 100-word limit. 🙂

      Reply
  • 31. Abhijit Ray  |  June 21, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Airports are like miniature versions of life. We meet people then they go away. We keep watching their vanishing trails.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  June 22, 2019 at 8:42 am

      abhijit:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 33. Brenda's Thoughts  |  June 22, 2019 at 2:27 am

    A very touching story and well described. He should run after Abigail and see if they could make a go of it! Having one of my romantic moments. 🙂

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    • 34. plaridel  |  June 22, 2019 at 8:42 am

      brenda:

      i could have said “wait!” but i would exceed the 100-word limit. 🙂

      Reply
  • 35. granonine  |  June 22, 2019 at 8:39 am

    How sad. Apparently she was looking for nothing more than a travel companion. I think he was hoping for more.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  June 22, 2019 at 8:49 am

      linda:

      all’s not lost if he got her number. 🙂

      Reply
  • 37. lisarey1990  |  June 24, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Very much a cliffhanger.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  June 26, 2019 at 12:06 pm

      lisarey:

      i apprecite the comment very much. thank you for reading.

      Reply
  • 39. DB McNicol  |  June 25, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Happens more often than not….sad, but true. Good job!

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    • 40. plaridel  |  June 26, 2019 at 12:05 pm

      donna:

      saying goodbye, one of the pitfalls of traveling.

      Reply

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