Leaving for Good

December 11, 2019 at 2:40 pm 32 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 13 December 2019

Mikhael Sublett
Photo Credit: Mikhael Sublett

Josh returned to his hometown for what would be the last time.

Nestled at the foot of the mountains, it was an ideal place to raise a family until a wind-driven wildfire burned it to the ground.

Josh remembered it happened just days before the senior prom that he and Ellen were going to attend. He wondered what had happened to her. The disaster struck so fast he didn’t have time to say good-bye to his classmate and nextdoor neighbor.

He saw some residents had started to rebuild. Sadly, many had opted to leave for good including his own family.

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32 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sandra  |  December 12, 2019 at 2:30 am

    A sad reality for many.

    • 2. plaridel  |  December 12, 2019 at 3:07 pm


      you can say that again.

  • 3. draliman  |  December 12, 2019 at 4:50 am

    A difficult decision to make – rebuild or leave.

    • 4. plaridel  |  December 12, 2019 at 3:12 pm


      yes, indeed. it’s something i hope i wouldn’t make someday.

  • 5. Susan A Eames  |  December 12, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Poignant story. Sometimes it’s better not to go back but stick to your memories instead. Nicely done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

    • 6. plaridel  |  December 12, 2019 at 3:06 pm


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

  • 7. James McEwan  |  December 12, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Sounds terrible. It must be near Sydney, Australia.

    • 8. plaridel  |  December 12, 2019 at 3:06 pm


      no, i was thinking of the northern california’s butte county wildfire in 2018 that destroyed 18,804 homes and buildings and caused 85 deaths. it was considered the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history.

      • 9. James McEwan  |  December 12, 2019 at 4:13 pm

        Yes, I see.

        • 10. plaridel  |  December 13, 2019 at 9:00 am


          with climate change, i’m afraid there’ll be more to come.

  • 11. Iain Kelly  |  December 12, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    It makes sense to move on, it’s hard to understand why some cling on to certain places when they know the risks involved.

    • 12. plaridel  |  December 12, 2019 at 3:04 pm


      i totally agree.

  • 13. pennygadd51  |  December 13, 2019 at 3:57 am

    Good take on the prompt. To be close to a large wildfire must be terrifying.

    • 14. plaridel  |  December 13, 2019 at 9:00 am


      i live far enough but still i could smell the smoke from the fire for a week or so.

  • 15. siobhan1967  |  December 13, 2019 at 8:06 am

    A sad story but as wildfires seem to be increasing in the USA and elsewhere it’s going to become a common one. Nice take on the prompt.

    • 16. plaridel  |  December 13, 2019 at 8:59 am


      the picture prompt conveyed to me a place after burned by fire. yes, wildfires will be more common due to climate change.

  • 17. granonine  |  December 13, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Never had to live through that. The horror of watching the flames eat up everything precious must be beyond description.

    Well-written piece. The sadness is palpable.

    • 18. plaridel  |  December 13, 2019 at 8:58 am


      i think we’re treading on nature too much placing communities where they shouldn’t be. it’s the risk not worth taking.

  • 19. rochellewisoff  |  December 13, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Dear Plaridel,

    It doesn’t sound like there was a home to come back to. Sad and poignant tale.



    • 20. plaridel  |  December 14, 2019 at 2:58 pm


      i’m afraid so. it was home but it wasn’t anymore.

  • 21. msjadeli  |  December 13, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    The devastation of such a catastrophe ripples way beyond the catastrophe, and you do a good job of showing it here.

    • 22. plaridel  |  December 14, 2019 at 2:57 pm


      thank you for the generous comment. much appreciated.

      • 23. msjadeli  |  December 14, 2019 at 3:10 pm

        You are very welcome, Plaridel.

        • 24. plaridel  |  December 19, 2019 at 11:50 am



  • 25. Dale  |  December 13, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Sad that they lost touch like that…

    • 26. plaridel  |  December 14, 2019 at 2:57 pm


      hope springs eternal. perhaps they’ll meet again someday.

      • 27. Dale  |  December 14, 2019 at 4:15 pm

        That would be nice!!

        • 28. plaridel  |  December 19, 2019 at 11:52 am


          who knows? it’s a small world! 🙂

  • 29. Tannille  |  December 13, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    A lot of Australia is going up in smoke at the moment. This hits home. I admire those that rebuild but I doubt communities are ever the same. Life moves forward. Great take on the prompt.

    • 30. plaridel  |  December 14, 2019 at 2:57 pm


      after that catastrophe, nothing will be same again, but life goes on.

  • 31. Keith's Ramblings  |  December 14, 2019 at 2:02 am

    A topical tale that many will relate to. What a dilemma.

    • 32. plaridel  |  December 14, 2019 at 2:57 pm


      thank you for reading as always. much appreciated.


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