A Fresh Start

October 21, 2020 at 3:54 pm 38 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 23 October 2020

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 
When Consuelo left their native country and settled in New York, Roberto told her that in five years he’d follow her so they could be together again.

It took him much longer to fulfill that promise. By then Roberto realized that she wasn’t the same person anymore. Consuelo had changed and so did he.

“This isn’t going to work,” she suddenly blurted out while having breakfast at the neighborhood café.

After the break up, Roberto headed far west to San Francisco. He found it a haven for people like him coming from somewhere else looking forward to a fresh start.

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38 Comments Add your own

  • 1. David Stewart  |  October 21, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    That’s sad but long distance relationships are hard. Hopefully he finds his fresh start in San Francisco.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  October 22, 2020 at 8:25 am

      david:

      i couldn’t agree more.

      Reply
  • 3. Sascha Darlington  |  October 22, 2020 at 12:20 am

    He found his niche. He’s probably better for it. Good story, Plaridel! 🙂

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    • 4. plaridel  |  October 22, 2020 at 8:24 am

      sascha:

      he’s making the best of it.

      Reply
  • 5. Iain Kelly  |  October 22, 2020 at 12:40 am

    The best laid plans… At least Consuelo seems to be doing well and Roberto still has a chance in San Fran.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  October 22, 2020 at 8:24 am

      iain:

      when things don’t go well as planned, we just have to learn to live with it.

      Reply
  • 7. rochellewisoff  |  October 22, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    At least Roberto has hope. BTW, I love the name Consuelo.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 8. plaridel  |  October 22, 2020 at 8:23 am

      rochelle:

      consuelo is a beautiful name indeed especially if combined with maria as in maria consuelo. 🙂

      Reply
  • 9. Dora  |  October 22, 2020 at 11:01 am

    People have always “headed west” for a new start. I’m glad he has that chance and that hope.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  October 23, 2020 at 8:45 am

      dora:

      if there’s a silver lining, that’s it.

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      • 11. Dora  |  October 23, 2020 at 8:47 am

        Agreed.

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        • 12. plaridel  |  October 27, 2020 at 8:57 am

          dora:

          🙂

          Reply
  • 13. James McEwan  |  October 22, 2020 at 11:49 am

    time changes everything – fresh starts are hard.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  October 23, 2020 at 8:45 am

      james:

      true that.

      Reply
  • 15. bearmkwa  |  October 22, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Nice story about transplanting to this great country. The diversity of our peoples makes life so rich and blessed. Really enjoyed this story.

    Reply
    • 16. plaridel  |  October 23, 2020 at 8:45 am

      jellico:

      i appreciate the comment very much. thank you.

      Reply
  • 17. granonine  |  October 22, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Absence does NOT always make the heart grow fonder. Time and distance create changes. I sure hope he doesn’t find San Francisco to be a huge disappointment—these days, it’s not, perhaps, the best idea.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  October 23, 2020 at 8:44 am

      linda:

      better keep his fingers crossed. 🙂

      Reply
  • 19. draliman  |  October 22, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Hopefully Roberto will find what he’s looking for there.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  October 23, 2020 at 8:44 am

      draliman:

      he has to or he’s screwed.

      Reply
  • 21. ceayr  |  October 23, 2020 at 1:45 am

    A harsh lesson in how people change with time.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  October 23, 2020 at 8:44 am

      ceayr:

      sadly, they do even if not apart.

      Reply
  • 23. Keith's Ramblings  |  October 23, 2020 at 6:03 am

    Better to accept and move on, for both of them.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  October 23, 2020 at 8:44 am

      keith:

      what a sound advice.

      Reply
  • 25. Susan A Eames  |  October 23, 2020 at 7:39 am

    Bittersweet story. I enjoyed reading it.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • 26. plaridel  |  October 23, 2020 at 8:43 am

      susan:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you for your support.

      Reply
  • 27. Dale  |  October 23, 2020 at 10:26 am

    That is always the danger when too much time passes… Hopefully they both find joy elsewhere.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  October 27, 2020 at 8:57 am

      dale:

      we could only hope that they’re able to move on.

      Reply
  • 29. pennygadd51  |  October 25, 2020 at 3:06 am

    It always seems so sad when couples split, but growing together requires hard work and being physically present.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  October 27, 2020 at 8:57 am

      penny:

      well said. thank you.

      Reply
  • 31. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  October 25, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    And in San Fransisco, he might find someone else…

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    • 32. plaridel  |  October 27, 2020 at 8:56 am

      björn:

      i’m sure he will.

      Reply
  • 33. ahtdoucette  |  October 26, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Such a bittersweet story. I like to believe the future holds better for both of them. Well told.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  October 27, 2020 at 8:56 am

      anne:

      your generous comment is much appreciated. thank you.

      Reply
  • 35. Tannille  |  October 27, 2020 at 5:45 am

    Life never turns out as we expect!

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    • 36. plaridel  |  October 27, 2020 at 8:56 am

      tannille:

      for better or worse…

      Reply
  • 37. msjadeli  |  October 27, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    It’s a story that’s been told innumerable times over the ages. People move. People move on. Nicely done.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  October 28, 2020 at 11:18 am

      msjadeli:

      such is life.

      Reply

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