Childhood Friend

April 15, 2020 at 10:17 am 51 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 17 April 2020

Roger Bultot
Photo Credit: Roger Bultot

 
Before moving to California with his family, Paul went looking for his childhood friend to say goodbye.

He found her on the rooftop of their apartment building looking down below with the early summer breeze playing with her hair.

“Is it time?” Clara said.

“I’m afraid so. I promise to write often.”

“Hah! Say it only when you really mean it.”

They corresponded through high school until life’s new realities took hold.

Back in New York many years later, Paul visited the old neighborhood. He was hoping to reconnect with Clara only to find out that she was already married.

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51 Comments Add your own

  • 1. granonine  |  April 15, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Aw. Phooey. I was hoping for a happier ending 🙂

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  April 15, 2020 at 2:42 pm

      linda:

      i wished i could have written a happy ending too. 😦

      Reply
  • 3. ceayr  |  April 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Time and tide wait for no man.
    I guess his ship had sailed.

    Reply
    • 4. plaridel  |  April 15, 2020 at 2:42 pm

      ceayr:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 5. Psychic-Medium-Author Ronda Del Boccio  |  April 15, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks for playing! A lost opportunity…perhaps or perhaps not…tale.
    Ronda

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    • 6. plaridel  |  April 15, 2020 at 2:42 pm

      ronda:

      lost opportunity? well, i guess the answer is blowing in the wind.

      Reply
  • 7. rochellewisoff  |  April 15, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Dear Plaridel,

    Sadly it happens. At any rate, this was well written and a bit heartbreaking.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    Reply
    • 8. plaridel  |  April 15, 2020 at 2:41 pm

      rochelle:

      thank you for the usual support. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 9. Susan A Eames  |  April 15, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Well, what did he expect? Nice take on the photo prompt.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • 10. plaridel  |  April 15, 2020 at 2:41 pm

      susan:

      nothing stands still.

      Reply
  • 11. Iain Kelly  |  April 15, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    That’s life, those missed opportunities and regrets.

    Reply
    • 12. plaridel  |  April 15, 2020 at 11:28 pm

      iain:

      under the circumstance, the best thing we can do is learn to take the good with the bad.

      Reply
  • 13. msjadeli  |  April 15, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    You snooze, you lose! Some things should have been but weren’t. Some were never meant to be. Good luck to him on his path for happiness.

    Reply
    • 14. plaridel  |  April 15, 2020 at 11:27 pm

      msjadeli:

      it must be fate.

      Reply
  • 15. Na'ama Yehuda  |  April 15, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Life does life, eh?

    Reply
    • 16. plaridel  |  April 15, 2020 at 11:27 pm

      na’ama:

      in this case, social distancing didn’t work.

      Reply
  • 19. draliman  |  April 15, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Life goes on while you’re not looking.

    Reply
    • 20. plaridel  |  April 15, 2020 at 11:27 pm

      draliman:

      true that.

      Reply
  • 21. Tannille  |  April 15, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Such is life. Maybe they could be friends.

    Reply
    • 22. plaridel  |  April 15, 2020 at 11:27 pm

      tannille:

      i think maintaining a meaningful friendship may prove challenging to them considering the distance and the fact that she’s already married.

      Reply
  • 23. Sandra  |  April 16, 2020 at 12:12 am

    That’s a shame. But life inevitably goes on.

    Reply
    • 24. plaridel  |  April 16, 2020 at 8:41 am

      sandra:

      everything evolves with time. nothing remains the same.

      Reply
  • 25. Anthony North  |  April 16, 2020 at 1:36 am

    Ah, it happens. The time is always now – or then, in his case, lol.

    Reply
    • 26. plaridel  |  April 16, 2020 at 8:41 am

      anthony:

      that’s one way of looking at it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 27. neilmacdon  |  April 16, 2020 at 2:30 am

    We can never go back

    Reply
    • 28. plaridel  |  April 16, 2020 at 8:41 am

      neil:

      true indeed.

      Reply
  • 29. spicedmullings  |  April 16, 2020 at 6:10 am

    Obviously!

    Reply
    • 30. plaridel  |  April 16, 2020 at 8:40 am

      sabina:

      i second the motion.

      Reply
  • 31. Stine Writing  |  April 16, 2020 at 7:52 am

    You snooze you lose…You can’t live hoping that everything will wait for when you are ready!

    Reply
    • 32. plaridel  |  April 16, 2020 at 8:39 am

      christine:

      a lesson learned a little too late.

      Reply
  • 33. pennygadd51  |  April 16, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Difficult to maintain an intimate relationship when your family have moved you apart. Paul was obviously hurt by the loss of Clara. Sad.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  April 17, 2020 at 8:58 pm

      penny:

      long distance relationships don’t work.

      Reply
  • 35. cathrynanne24  |  April 16, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Aww he was too late 😢

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    • 36. plaridel  |  April 17, 2020 at 8:57 pm

      cathryn:

      i’m afraid so.

      Reply
  • 37. Dale  |  April 16, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    The chances were slim but still… one could not help but hope.

    Reply
    • 38. plaridel  |  April 17, 2020 at 8:57 pm

      dale:

      at least he tried.

      Reply
      • 39. Dale  |  April 17, 2020 at 8:58 pm

        True.

        Reply
  • 40. Liz Young  |  April 17, 2020 at 7:00 am

    He shouldn’t have been so arrogant as to suppose she’d wait for him.

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    • 41. plaridel  |  April 17, 2020 at 8:57 pm

      liz:

      sadly, he should have to live with it.

      Reply
  • 42. wmqcolby  |  April 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Boy, if that’s not a real downer, but that’s life, isn’t it? It just now occurred to me my high school reunion is this September.

    Good to see you, Plaridel! Five out of five reunions.

    Reply
    • 43. plaridel  |  April 17, 2020 at 8:56 pm

      kent:

      a high school reunion should be fun. take care. 🙂

      Reply
  • 44. Eugenia Parrish Author  |  April 19, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Life does tend to separate us if we don’t try hard. This is so very sad, I wish he had let it alone and not gone back. Memories are much better when not faced with reality.

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    • 45. plaridel  |  April 20, 2020 at 10:15 am

      eugenia:

      excellent point.

      Reply
  • 46. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  April 19, 2020 at 11:40 am

    It would have been strange if she had waited I think.

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    • 47. plaridel  |  April 20, 2020 at 10:12 am

      björn:

      it’s unrealistic to think otherwise.

      Reply
  • 48. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  April 20, 2020 at 8:41 am

    This story unfolded so nicely, Plaridel. You used the 100 words
    to create a full story. I think long-distance romances don’t always work out. I like the ending since not ending endings are happy ones.
    Isadora 😎

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    • 49. plaridel  |  April 20, 2020 at 10:12 am

      isadora:

      i feel honored. thank you. 🙂

      Reply
  • 50. michaelwynnauthor  |  April 21, 2020 at 1:33 am

    Oh dear, unfortunately the relationship went stale, it’s nigh impossible to maintain a connection over such a long time and from such a distance. At least he can move on now.

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    • 51. plaridel  |  April 22, 2020 at 10:46 am

      mick:

      excellent point.

      Reply

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