Twist of Fate

February 17, 2021 at 10:48 am 37 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 19 February 2021

Ted Strutz
Photo Credit: Ted Strutz

 
Dante looked at the mail he had to deliver today with a sigh.

Back in the Philippines, his dad was the local postmaster and wanted him to take over his job when he retired.

“What’s more can you ask for?” his traditional father said. “It offers job security and you don’t have to leave town.”

But Dante had other ideas. He wanted to try his wings and pursue the American dream.

In a strange twist of fate, he ended up working for the post office. It was the best job he could get to establish himself in the new country.

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37 Comments Add your own

  • 1. neilmacdon  |  February 17, 2021 at 10:51 am

    All the frontier land is taken

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    • 2. plaridel  |  February 17, 2021 at 6:57 pm

      neil:

      i’m afraid so…

      Reply
  • 3. Iain Kelly  |  February 17, 2021 at 11:10 am

    At least his Dad will be proud, and there are a lot worse things that he could be doing.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  February 17, 2021 at 6:57 pm

      iain:

      all things considered, i think his dad will be.

      Reply
  • 5. Dora  |  February 17, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Ironic, but seems almost inevitable that he’d follow in his father’s shoes. 🙂

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    • 6. plaridel  |  February 17, 2021 at 6:56 pm

      dora:

      for one thing, he’s got his dad’s dna. 🙂

      Reply
  • 7. granonine  |  February 17, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    Irony at its best 🙂

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    • 8. plaridel  |  February 17, 2021 at 6:56 pm

      linda:

      i think his dad would get a laugh attack. 🙂

      Reply
  • 9. draliman  |  February 18, 2021 at 12:18 am

    He gets out, meets loads of people, and is carrying on the family tradition!

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    • 10. plaridel  |  February 18, 2021 at 8:46 am

      draliman:

      it’s a win-win situation for him. 🙂

      Reply
  • 11. Sandra  |  February 18, 2021 at 1:46 am

    Well, at least the scenery is different.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  February 18, 2021 at 8:45 am

      sandra:

      it can certainly help moving forward.

      Reply
  • 13. ceayr  |  February 18, 2021 at 5:16 am

    He’s living his life, it’s all good

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    • 14. plaridel  |  February 18, 2021 at 8:45 am

      ceayr:

      i second the motion. 🙂

      Reply
  • 15. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  February 18, 2021 at 5:36 am

    Father knows best … maybe or maybe not.
    At least, he could survive until he decides on
    another career. Ironic how life is.
    Be Safe 😷 Isadora 😎

    Reply
    • 16. plaridel  |  February 18, 2021 at 8:45 am

      isadora:

      he’s the master of his own destiny.

      Reply
  • 17. rochellewisoff  |  February 18, 2021 at 6:43 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Interesting little twist of fate. Father did know best after all. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 18. plaridel  |  February 18, 2021 at 8:44 am

      rochelle:

      in a way, father would be pleased that he follows in his footsteps. 🙂

      Reply
  • 19. Keith's Ramblings  |  February 18, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Dad certainly left his stamp on him! Nice one plaridel.

    My story!

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    • 20. plaridel  |  February 18, 2021 at 8:44 am

      keith:

      you can say that again. 🙂

      Reply
  • 21. Tannille  |  February 18, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    With a good work ethic, maybe he can climb the ranks.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  February 21, 2021 at 8:27 am

      tannille:

      yes, everybody has to start somewhere. 🙂

      Reply
  • 23. Dale  |  February 19, 2021 at 5:32 am

    It was meant to be!

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    • 24. plaridel  |  February 21, 2021 at 8:26 am

      dale:

      true indeed.

      Reply
  • 25. msjadeli  |  February 19, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Some say there is no escaping fate. Now that he works for the post office maybe he can convince his dad to move to America and they can work together 🙂

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    • 26. plaridel  |  February 21, 2021 at 8:27 am

      msjadeli:

      fat chance. his dad is very traditional and wants to stay put where the family has lived for generations.

      Reply
      • 27. msjadeli  |  February 21, 2021 at 9:39 am

        I guess I can see both sides of it.

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        • 28. plaridel  |  February 24, 2021 at 12:05 pm

          msjadeli:

          it’s very perceptive of you. 🙂

          Reply
  • 30. Brenda's Thoughts  |  February 20, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    It’s very true. You would get to know your neighbors by being the postman and settle in easier. I think it was “in the cards” for this young man to follow his father’s footsteps. Nice slice of life, Plaridel!

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    • 31. plaridel  |  February 21, 2021 at 8:26 am

      brenda:

      the apple usually doesn’t fall far from the tree, but even if it does, it still an apple. 🙂

      Reply
  • 32. pennygadd51  |  February 21, 2021 at 2:23 am

    Nicely ironic little tale! Is he master of his destiny or a slave of his genes?

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    • 33. plaridel  |  February 21, 2021 at 8:26 am

      penny:

      good question. 🙂

      Reply
  • 34. ahtdoucette  |  February 21, 2021 at 7:13 am

    Hey, you do what you know. Nothing wrong with that. This story made me smile. As a second generation immigrant, I totally feel for this guy. Now, all he needs is citizenship, maybe education and you never know!

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    • 35. plaridel  |  February 21, 2021 at 8:25 am

      anne:

      thank you for reading. i’m glad you liked it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 36. Michael Humphris  |  February 23, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    One must do what one must, my he prosper

    Reply
    • 37. plaridel  |  February 24, 2021 at 12:03 pm

      michael:

      absolutely right. 🙂

      Reply

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