Sacrifice

March 11, 2020 at 9:25 am 46 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 13 March 2020

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Photo Credit: C.E.Ayr

 
Elena sat alone in the park on her free day holding a cellphone which served as her lifeline to loved ones she left behind.

She was a domestic helper in a country whose culture was different from her own.

Her husband said she was fortunate to travel and provide for the family.

As soon as she started sending money, her husband quit driving a rickshaw. He said the daily grind was too much for his health.

Elena wanted to go home. But she found herself in a bind since her husband and kids had become totally dependent on her income.
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  • 1. The Writer's Village  |  March 11, 2020 at 9:46 am

    uh-oh.
    What now?
    Time to skee-daddle back home? Negotiate? Or cut ties?
    Randy

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    • 2. plaridel  |  March 11, 2020 at 3:46 pm

      randy:

      who knows? it’s an abusive relationship for sure.

      Reply
  • 3. Dale  |  March 11, 2020 at 9:46 am

    I think Elena’s husband is a dud. Maybe Elena should start saving her money and bring her children to her, leaving him behind!

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    • 4. plaridel  |  March 11, 2020 at 3:45 pm

      dale:

      time for her to stand up to her husband. one detail left out to make the 100-limit was his text to send extra money so he could celebrate his 40th birthday in style.

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      • 5. Dale  |  March 11, 2020 at 5:21 pm

        To hell with him, I say!!

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        • 6. plaridel  |  March 12, 2020 at 2:30 pm

          dale:

          i totally agree.

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  • 7. Liz Young  |  March 11, 2020 at 10:11 am

    I agree with Dale – dump him, save the kids.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  March 11, 2020 at 3:45 pm

      liz:

      that will serve him right.

      Reply
  • 9. neilmacdon  |  March 11, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Yup. I’m with the dumping the husband lobby

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    • 10. plaridel  |  March 11, 2020 at 3:45 pm

      neil:

      it’s a very understable reaction.

      Reply
  • 11. Snow's Fissures and Fractures  |  March 11, 2020 at 10:42 am

    One more member of the lobby.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  March 11, 2020 at 3:45 pm

      lora:

      i don’t blame you.

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  • 13. Iain Kelly  |  March 11, 2020 at 11:01 am

    A common quandary for men and women who move abroad and send money home I imagine. Maybe she should use her money and do a bit more travelling just for herself this time.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  March 11, 2020 at 3:44 pm

      iain:

      not a bad idea at all.

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  • 15. msjadeli  |  March 11, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Excellent example of being in a bind. One thing is for sure, now that she’s aware of it, the wheels of change are in motion.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  March 11, 2020 at 3:44 pm

      msjadeli:

      hopefully, she’d learn to wise up and act accordingly.

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  • 17. ceayr  |  March 12, 2020 at 3:24 am

    Wow, everyone is hard on the poor hubby who, with failing health, is still bringing up seven children by himself.
    Three sides to every story, yes?

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    • 18. plaridel  |  March 12, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      ceayr:

      i’m afraid he’s just faking it. by the way, they only have three kids and in-laws help out in taking care of them.

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      • 19. ceayr  |  March 12, 2020 at 2:46 pm

        Laughing.
        Oh no no no, sir!
        You used your 100 words, I can fill in the blanks however I choose!
        Dem’s da rules, just ask Rochelle!

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        • 20. plaridel  |  March 13, 2020 at 8:38 am

          ceayr:

          i know. i know. i’m not complaining. 🙂

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  • 21. Keith's Ramblings  |  March 12, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Without knowing what his health issues are, I’m not sure who to feel the most saddened for.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  March 12, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      keith:

      he’s alright. he just want to live off the sweat of his wife’s brow.

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  • 23. rochellewisoff  |  March 12, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    After reading through the comments, I wonder about the husband. How poor is his health? Elena might find she likes living without him just fine. A good story evokes lots of thoughts. Good story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 24. plaridel  |  March 12, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      rochelle:

      he’s a neer-do-well. he’s healthy as a bull.

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  • 25. JoHawkTheWriter  |  March 12, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Everyone must pull their weight if relationships are to last. A sad tale.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  March 12, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      jo:

      absolutely. my thoughts entirely.

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  • 27. granonine  |  March 12, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Seems to me he husband would rather let her go and keep sending money than have her back with him. He’s just removed himself from the work force because it was so easy to depend on her sending money home. I wonder how old the kids are. Anyone taking care of them? Not dad, I’m thinking.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  March 13, 2020 at 8:38 am

      linda:

      he got it made for sure. the in-laws help taking care of the kids.

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      • 29. granonine  |  March 13, 2020 at 8:39 am

        Of course they do. I think the husband is a putz, but maybe he really does have some kind of debility, and I’m being too hard on him 🙂

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        • 30. plaridel  |  March 14, 2020 at 7:26 pm

          linda:

          you’re right on the money. you’re not being too hard on him. 🙂

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          • 31. granonine  |  March 15, 2020 at 4:32 am

            Well, I really didn’t think so 🙂

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            • 32. plaridel  |  March 17, 2020 at 8:14 am

              linda:

              my thoughts exactly.

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  • 33. draliman  |  March 12, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    Sounds like her husband will be more than happy with her staying out there sending back money forever…

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    • 34. plaridel  |  March 13, 2020 at 8:37 am

      draliman:

      you’re absolutely right.

      Reply
  • 35. Sandra  |  March 13, 2020 at 3:20 am

    She’s been had. Well and truly. Well done.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  March 13, 2020 at 8:37 am

      sandra:

      yes, it’s time for her to deal with the abuse head on.

      Reply
  • 37. michaelwynnauthor  |  March 13, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Oh dear, this is akin to slavery and inflicted upon her by her own husband. He doesn’t sound a very caring man

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    • 38. plaridel  |  March 13, 2020 at 8:36 am

      mick:

      for sure, it falls under what is termed as modern slavery.

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  • 39. pennygadd51  |  March 13, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Good story, Plaridel. You set up the situation nicely, and show us clearly how Elena’s husband is taking advantage of her. I wonder, too, who has taken her place in the marital bed…

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    • 40. plaridel  |  March 14, 2020 at 7:24 pm

      penny:

      i feel it’s time that she kicks the husband out of her life. i’m sure he’s also playing around behind the scene.

      Reply
  • 41. Russell Gayer  |  March 14, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    I second Penny’s comments. The husband sounds like dead weight around her neck.

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    • 42. plaridel  |  March 14, 2020 at 7:23 pm

      russell:

      he’s more than a dead weight alright.

      Reply
  • 43. Alicia Jamtaas  |  March 14, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Oh! I hope she can break ties and run. Her husband is not worth keeping.

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    • 44. plaridel  |  March 17, 2020 at 8:14 am

      alicia:

      the sooner, the better for her.

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  • 45. susanmehr  |  March 16, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    I loved how you stirred the pot with this story. Well penned.

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    • 46. plaridel  |  March 17, 2020 at 8:12 am

      susan:

      it’s a familiar story in the country where i came from.

      Reply

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