The Runaway Kid

February 5, 2020 at 11:26 am 30 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 7 February 2020

Ted Strutz
Photo Credit: Ted Strutz

 
He was lost and found his way back. He knocked on the door but there was no answer. Since it was Sunday, everybody must be at church.

Sitting on the front porch step, he waited for them to come home.

It was crashing his dad’s car into a pole that made him run away and join a cult. In the beginning he felt he belonged until one of the leaders started molesting him.

He hoped he’d be forgiven, but not quite sure. Once his family arrived, however, all doubts vanished.

“Billy!” his mom called out as they rushed to him.

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30 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Iain Kelly  |  February 5, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    The responses this week are not painting a good picture of cults! I’m glad this one escaped and hopefully can be saved.

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  February 5, 2020 at 4:26 pm

      iain:

      i think he’s worth saving. home is a place where one’s always welcome. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 3. tedstrutz  |  February 5, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Good story and well constructed. I was interested right off the bat.

    A friend took this photo and I liked it knowing some good stories would come. You can see her work here… https://instaology.com/

    Reply
    • 4. plaridel  |  February 11, 2020 at 9:36 am

      ted:

      you’re very kind. i visited your friend’s site and i can confirm she’s really good. thanks for sharing.

      Reply
  • 5. Sascha Darlington  |  February 5, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Never underestimate a parent’s love.

    Reply
    • 6. plaridel  |  February 11, 2020 at 9:36 am

      sascha:

      it’s so true.

      Reply
  • 7. Tannille  |  February 5, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Kids are so easily manipulated. Glad he found the strength to go home.

    Reply
    • 8. plaridel  |  February 11, 2020 at 9:36 am

      tannille:

      i could give him credit for finding that strength.

      Reply
  • 9. draliman  |  February 5, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    Well done him for finding the strength to get out and get home.

    Reply
    • 10. plaridel  |  February 11, 2020 at 9:35 am

      draliman:

      yes, that was the happy ending.

      Reply
  • 11. pennygadd51  |  February 6, 2020 at 3:06 am

    Yay – a happy ending! Thank you, Plaridel

    Reply
    • 12. plaridel  |  February 11, 2020 at 9:35 am

      penny:

      i couldn’t help myself ending the story that way. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 13. rochellewisoff  |  February 6, 2020 at 3:27 am

    Dear Plaridel

    Hopefully he’ll find healing now. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    Reply
    • 14. plaridel  |  February 11, 2020 at 9:35 am

      rochelle:

      with help from his family, he’ll be on his way.

      Reply
  • 15. Keith's Ramblings  |  February 6, 2020 at 5:18 am

    His welcome home must have come as quite a relief. A delightfully different take on the photo.

    Reply
    • 16. plaridel  |  February 11, 2020 at 9:34 am

      keith:

      home is a place where you’re always welcome. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 17. Dale  |  February 6, 2020 at 6:26 am

    I like to believe there is no way a parent would not open her arms to take her child back – especially after he has been involved in such a horrible situation. Well done, Plaridel.

    Reply
    • 18. plaridel  |  February 11, 2020 at 9:34 am

      dale:

      he’s one lucky kid to find his way back home.

      Reply
  • 19. Liz Young  |  February 6, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Oh good – a happy ending!

    Reply
    • 20. plaridel  |  February 11, 2020 at 9:34 am

      liz:

      yes, yes, and yes. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 21. ceayr  |  February 7, 2020 at 7:19 am

    Sweet tale

    Reply
    • 22. plaridel  |  February 11, 2020 at 9:33 am

      ceayr:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 23. James McEwan  |  February 7, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Never trust a cult – they scare me.

    Reply
    • 24. plaridel  |  February 11, 2020 at 9:32 am

      james:

      any group that imposes complete control is evil.

      Reply
  • 25. Sandra  |  February 8, 2020 at 4:14 am

    Lovely ending.

    Reply
    • 26. plaridel  |  February 11, 2020 at 9:32 am

      sandra:

      yes, it couldn’t have ended any better. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 27. granonine  |  February 10, 2020 at 8:41 am

    What a happy ending! They didn’t have him long enough to turn him into a robot!

    Reply
    • 28. plaridel  |  February 11, 2020 at 9:32 am

      linda:

      he was lucky he got out before it was too late indeed.

      Reply
  • 29. msjadeli  |  February 11, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Plaridel, you told a lot of story in 100 words. I’m glad he’s back home.

    Reply
    • 30. plaridel  |  February 12, 2020 at 8:45 am

      msjadeli:

      it’s very generous you. thank you.

      Reply

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