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March 24, 2021 at 11:56 am 39 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 26 March 2021

Dale Rogerson
Photo Credit: Dale Rogerson

 
On a dark lonely night, Ethan stood by the lamp post looking at the familiar house on the dead end street.

Seeing the lights in the living room, he remembered the love and the warmth it provided inside.

Ethan had so many wonderful memories growing up there. It had been the center for birthdays and family holiday celebrations. That was until his mom and dad passed away and the place sold at an auction.

Back in the day, it was home but it was home no more. Shivering in the cold, Ethan pulled his coat tight and started walking away.

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39 Comments Add your own

  • 1. granonine  |  March 24, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    How heartbreaking! Poor guy needs a home and a loving family restored to him. I wonder why he never found it.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  March 24, 2021 at 1:48 pm

      linda:

      hope springs eternal.

      Reply
  • 3. Bear  |  March 24, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    So sad.. this is. To go back home, only it’s not home anymore.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  March 24, 2021 at 1:47 pm

      jellico:

      such is life.

      Reply
  • 5. neilmacdon  |  March 24, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Perhaps he’ll make a home somewhere else.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  March 24, 2021 at 1:47 pm

      neil:

      hopefully, he can learn to move on.

      Reply
  • 7. Iain Kelly  |  March 24, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    A sad tale, especially as he seems to be alone now.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  March 25, 2021 at 9:01 am

      iain:

      he’ll need to pull himself together and create his own family.

      Reply
  • 9. Na'ama Yehuda  |  March 24, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Ah, nostalgia does not always mean warmth that lasts … and sometimes it can mean loss for what was and is no more. I hope he finds a new place to make a home.

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  • 12. Dale  |  March 24, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    He needs to make a home elsewhere… He cannot live in such sadness for too long.

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    • 13. plaridel  |  March 25, 2021 at 9:00 am

      dale:

      if he was brought up right, i’m sure he’ll be able to move on and make his own home someday.

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      • 14. Dale  |  March 25, 2021 at 9:15 am

        I sure hope so.

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        • 15. plaridel  |  March 25, 2021 at 1:42 pm

          dale:

          knock on wood. 🙂

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  • 16. Tannille  |  March 25, 2021 at 12:51 am

    It’s hard giving up the family home. In a way, the home is a member of the family.

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    • 17. plaridel  |  March 25, 2021 at 9:00 am

      tannille:

      sadly, it’s something we have to face sooner or later.

      Reply
  • 18. rochellewisoff  |  March 25, 2021 at 4:42 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    What a heartbreaking story. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  • 20. Sandra  |  March 25, 2021 at 6:30 am

    How very poignant.

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    • 21. plaridel  |  March 25, 2021 at 8:57 am

      sandra:

      looks like the message came across as designed. thank you for your comment.

      Reply
  • 22. Keith's Ramblings  |  March 25, 2021 at 7:48 am

    A home is so much more than bricks and mortar. A woeful piece indeed.

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    • 23. plaridel  |  March 25, 2021 at 8:57 am

      keith:

      thank you for reading as always. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 24. liz young  |  March 25, 2021 at 9:21 am

    How sad – Ethan would be well advised to stay away from that street in future.

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    • 25. plaridel  |  March 25, 2021 at 1:42 pm

      liz:

      not a bad idea.

      Reply
  • 26. Dora  |  March 25, 2021 at 10:42 am

    Our childhood homes are unforgettable. How sad that he is in such a lonely place in his life that he must go to his for a comfort it no longer can offer. Well written Plaridel.

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    • 27. plaridel  |  March 25, 2021 at 1:41 pm

      dora:

      thank you for your kind comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 28. Alicia Jamtaas  |  March 25, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Beautiful story! My parents owned the home I grew up in from the day I was born until the day they died. I don’t think I could go back inside if invited. Well done.

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    • 29. plaridel  |  March 25, 2021 at 1:41 pm

      alicia:

      i don’t blame you at all.

      Reply
  • 30. draliman  |  March 25, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    It’s always odd and sad seeing a house you used to live in, particularly under these circumstances.

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    • 31. plaridel  |  March 27, 2021 at 7:13 pm

      draliman:

      there’ll always be an emotional attachment to the place where you grew up. that you can’t go back there anymore will be heartbreaking indeed.

      Reply
  • 32. ahtdoucette  |  March 26, 2021 at 7:46 am

    What a heartbreaking story! That must be painful to pass by like that.

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    • 33. plaridel  |  March 27, 2021 at 7:17 pm

      anne:

      i can’t agree with you more.

      Reply
  • 34. msjadeli  |  March 26, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    I’m imagining a foster child and it is breaking my heart 😦

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    • 35. plaridel  |  March 27, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      msjadeli:

      it broke my heart writing it too.

      Reply
  • 36. James McEwan  |  March 27, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Poor Ethan. The emotional strength comes across in your story. (I hope he is not homeless)

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    • 37. plaridel  |  March 27, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      james:

      thank you for the generous comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 38. Susan St.Pierre  |  March 27, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Very difficult to move from a family home. This chilled me more than the snow.

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    • 39. plaridel  |  March 27, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      susan:

      it must be a really tough experience indeed that you can’t wish on anyone.

      Reply

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