First Love

April 1, 2020 at 9:29 am 38 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 3 April 2020

Douglas M. MacIlroy
Photo Credit: Douglas M. MacIlroy

 
Tommy was lying in bed when he got a call. It was from Sara.

“I’m sorry that your grandfather had passed away.”

“Me too.”

“It must hurt really bad. I know he was your hero.”

He remained quiet and didn’t respond.

“Are you still going to the senior prom?”

“I’m not planning on it.”

“That’s understandable. I’ve decided not to go either.”

Sara then told him she would always be there for him.

It was from that moment their relationship changed to something more than friends. They became inseparable until he joined the army to fight in the great war.

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38 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Iain Kelly  |  April 1, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Many first loves were ruined by the great war.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  April 1, 2020 at 9:59 pm

      iain:

      sadly, i have to agree.

      Reply
  • 3. Anthony North  |  April 1, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Ah, it took so many.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  April 1, 2020 at 9:59 pm

      anthony:

      arlington and the other cemeteries can attest to that.

      Reply
  • 5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  April 1, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    I hope that Tommy came back and they could continue… but it sounds like that’s not the case.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  April 1, 2020 at 9:58 pm

      björn:

      i’m having some bad feelings about it.

      Reply
  • 7. Susan A Eames  |  April 1, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    That was lovely and left me wondering if it was a true story.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • 8. plaridel  |  April 1, 2020 at 9:57 pm

      susan:

      it was true for many who went to war.

      Reply
  • 9. Mike  |  April 1, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    That Great War spoiled or destroyed to many relationships.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  April 1, 2020 at 9:57 pm

      mike:

      the more i read about it, the more i realized the bitter truth.

      Reply
  • 11. msjadeli  |  April 1, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    You have created a world here, Plaridel. Great storytelling and unbearably sad.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  April 1, 2020 at 9:57 pm

      msjadeli:

      it’s very generous of you. now what would i do for an encore? 🙂

      Reply
      • 13. msjadeli  |  April 1, 2020 at 10:44 pm

        a story about where he comes back and they reunite and begin life again? I’ll leave it to you.

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        • 14. plaridel  |  April 3, 2020 at 8:58 am

          msjadeli:

          well, you just made me think. 🙂

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          • 15. msjadeli  |  April 3, 2020 at 10:50 am

            I hope to see another chapter then 🙂

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            • 16. plaridel  |  April 4, 2020 at 9:12 am

              msjadeli:

              sure, if an opportunity presents itself. 🙂

              Reply
  • 17. rochellewisoff  |  April 2, 2020 at 4:07 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    The ending line adds another chapter. My guess is that it’s a sad one. Bravo for a story well told.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 18. plaridel  |  April 3, 2020 at 8:58 am

      rochelle:

      it’s a story that can’t be told in 100 words. a few more chapters for sure. 🙂

      Reply
  • 19. Dale  |  April 2, 2020 at 11:48 am

    I agree with Rochelle. That ending leaves room for the next chapter. Being the optimist, I shall decide he will come back, safe.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  April 3, 2020 at 8:58 am

      dale:

      let’s see where the mood takes me. 🙂

      Reply
  • 21. James McEwan  |  April 2, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    We all handle grief in our own way. Sad but an effective story.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  April 3, 2020 at 8:58 am

      james:

      it’s very generous of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 23. draliman  |  April 2, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Even if he comes back he’ll never be the same, poor chap.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  April 3, 2020 at 8:57 am

      draliman:

      that’s a likely scenario.

      Reply
  • 25. susanmehr  |  April 3, 2020 at 3:05 am

    Touching. Beautifully penned.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  April 3, 2020 at 8:57 am

      susan:

      thank you for reading. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 27. pennygadd51  |  April 3, 2020 at 9:07 am

    A strong storyline. Too many have died in war.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  April 4, 2020 at 9:12 am

      penny:

      thank you for sharing your thoughts. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 29. ceayr  |  April 3, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    He had a bedside telephone before WWI?
    Most impressive!

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    • 30. plaridel  |  April 4, 2020 at 9:12 am

      ceayr:

      good catch. perhaps i should have used vietnam to make it more realistic. 🙂

      Reply
  • 31. michaelwynnauthor  |  April 4, 2020 at 2:41 am

    War ruins so much. A touching story, well told.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  April 4, 2020 at 9:11 am

      mick:

      what a generous comment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 33. granonine  |  April 4, 2020 at 7:59 am

    War is a thief that steals relationships and breaks hearts. Well-told, Plaridel.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  April 4, 2020 at 9:11 am

      linda:

      nobody could have said it better. thank you.

      Reply
  • 35. Tannille  |  April 4, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    I’d say he left his mark on her soul so to speak.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  April 8, 2020 at 9:44 am

      tannille:

      hopefully, he would be able to come back to her and build a life together.

      Reply
  • 37. theministryofshrawleywalks  |  April 5, 2020 at 2:44 am

    sweet but ultimately sad and too familiar, good stuff

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    • 38. plaridel  |  April 8, 2020 at 9:43 am

      shrawley:

      thank you for reading. much appreciated.

      Reply

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