Time To Let Go

April 28, 2021 at 9:07 am 51 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 30 April 2021

Dale Rogerson
Photo Credit: Dale Rogerson

 
It had been awhile but Ryan was still drawn to the family home and kept visiting unnoticed.

From the distance, he watched his wife having tea on their patio deck facing the river. She just finished tending her garden after last winter storm.

Since Ryan left, she had remarried and found happiness again.

After being in denial for so long, he finally realized it was time to let go and move on.

“Goodbye, my love,” Ryan said as if she could hear him. “I’ll see you in the next life.”

He then turned around and cross over into the light.

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51 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Elizabeth Young  |  April 28, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Sweet ghost story.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  April 28, 2021 at 2:46 pm

      liz:

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

      Reply
  • 3. Iain Kelly  |  April 28, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Wasn’t expecting that ending, that gave the story a sad twist, just as I thought everything had worked out okay.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  April 28, 2021 at 1:06 pm

      iain:

      i appreciate your comment very much. thank you for the usual support.

      Reply
  • 5. neilmacdon  |  April 28, 2021 at 10:42 am

    That may not have been the light. Perhaps, it was the headlights of an oncoming truck

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    • 6. plaridel  |  April 28, 2021 at 1:06 pm

      neil:

      that would be a great alternative ending. unfortunately, it would exceed the 100-word limit. πŸ™‚

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  • 7. Dora  |  April 28, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Beautifully poignant and can’t help but like this character who is without bitterness but loving, hopeful, and content.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  April 28, 2021 at 1:05 pm

      dora:

      i couldn’t have written it in any other way. glad it worked.

      Reply
  • 9. Mason Bushell  |  April 28, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    I love a ghost story and this is a sweet one, Well done!

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    • 10. plaridel  |  April 28, 2021 at 1:05 pm

      mason:

      what a generous comment. thank you. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 12. theministryofshrawleywalks  |  April 28, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Good stuff, Im thinking he walked into a train or a car, such was his grief in separation.

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    • 13. plaridel  |  April 28, 2021 at 7:56 pm

      shrawley:

      thank you for your kind comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 14. Susan St.Pierre  |  April 28, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Spooky tug on my heart. Well played.

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    • 15. plaridel  |  April 28, 2021 at 7:56 pm

      susan:

      it’s very generous of you. thank you.

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  • 16. Brenda's Thoughts  |  April 28, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Aw, he just needed to stay and make sure she was happy before crossing over. A very sweet story, Plaridel!

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    • 17. plaridel  |  April 28, 2021 at 7:55 pm

      brenda:

      i’d give an A+ for doing that. πŸ™‚

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  • 18. msjadeli  |  April 28, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    Your story really makes my heart ache for Ryan. I’m glad he is happy for his wife having found another companion. I also like the idea that he knows he will see her on the other side. Such a well-told story, Plaridel.

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    • 19. plaridel  |  April 28, 2021 at 7:55 pm

      msjadeli:

      thank you for affirming exactly i’d like to convey.

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      • 20. msjadeli  |  April 28, 2021 at 9:10 pm

        You are very welcome.

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  • 21. Tannille  |  April 28, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Awww. Bitter sweet. Fantastic twist. He’ll be waiting for her on the other side.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  April 29, 2021 at 8:33 am

      tannille:

      it would be a reunion worth waiting.

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  • 23. James McEwan  |  April 29, 2021 at 1:58 am

    Sometimes you just have admit the inevitable. A lovely story of lost love.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  April 29, 2021 at 8:32 am

      james:

      my thoughts exactly.

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  • 25. earthskyair  |  April 29, 2021 at 3:21 am

    Melancholy and sweet. Very nice.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  April 29, 2021 at 8:31 am

      earthskyair:

      your comment is much appreciated. thank you.

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  • 27. GHLearner  |  April 29, 2021 at 3:39 am

    That ending came unexpected. Very sweet though.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  April 29, 2021 at 8:30 am

      gabi:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

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  • 29. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  April 29, 2021 at 11:15 am

    A moving story. Plaridel, of a life once lived and now gone.
    His time to leave had come; perhaps, he wanted to ensure
    she was o k. Mournful …
    Have a wonderful day,
    Be Safe 😷 … Isadora 😎

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    • 30. plaridel  |  April 30, 2021 at 1:21 pm

      isadora:

      i think he’s relieved knowing she has moved on.

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  • 31. draliman  |  April 29, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    It never occurred to me before. but if all these people meet up again in the afterlife, how does it work when people got remarried? Could get a bit awkward!

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    • 32. pennygadd51  |  April 30, 2021 at 8:10 am

      If you’re interested, check out the bible, Matthew Chapter 22, verses 23 – 33, which answers your speculation.

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      • 33. plaridel  |  April 30, 2021 at 1:23 pm

        penny:

        ok, i’ll check it out too. thanks for the tip.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  April 30, 2021 at 1:22 pm

      draliman:

      good question. that said, i think if she dies ahead of her new husband, it’ll likely be less of an issue. πŸ™‚

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  • 35. Keith's Ramblings  |  April 30, 2021 at 2:54 am

    Her happiness is still important to him it seems. A lovely tale plaridel.

    My story!

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    • 36. plaridel  |  April 30, 2021 at 1:22 pm

      keith:

      true that.

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  • 37. rochellewisoff  |  April 30, 2021 at 3:34 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    That last line was such a touching reveal. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 38. plaridel  |  April 30, 2021 at 1:23 pm

      rochelle:

      thank you for your reading and continued support. i means a lot.

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  • 39. pennygadd51  |  April 30, 2021 at 8:14 am

    A sweet story. I’m glad Ryan was able to move on.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  April 30, 2021 at 1:23 pm

      penny:

      thank you for the kind comment. much appreciated.

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  • 41. Dale  |  May 1, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Oh, I love this, Plaridel. The ghost checking up on his love, happy for her to have kept on living…

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    • 42. plaridel  |  May 4, 2021 at 6:50 pm

      dale:

      glad you liked it. thank you for reading as usual.

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      • 43. Dale  |  May 4, 2021 at 6:53 pm

        πŸ™‚

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  • 44. Woman walking Max  |  May 1, 2021 at 11:43 am

    I like the gentleness of the story, his spirit accepting her happiness and moving on.

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    • 45. plaridel  |  May 4, 2021 at 6:50 pm

      francine:

      bless his heart for doing that.

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  • 46. michaelwynnauthor  |  May 3, 2021 at 8:10 am

    Very touching ending and sensitive writing. Nice one Plaridel

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    • 47. plaridel  |  May 4, 2021 at 6:49 pm

      michael:

      thank you for reading and commenting. much appreciated.

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  • 48. Nobbinmaug  |  May 3, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    Letting go can be one of the hardest things in life. I can’t imagine letting go of life.

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    • 49. plaridel  |  May 4, 2021 at 6:49 pm

      nobbinmaug:

      good point.

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  • 50. michael1148humphris  |  May 4, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Nicely done

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    • 51. plaridel  |  May 4, 2021 at 6:51 pm

      michael:

      it’s very kind of you. thank you.

      Reply

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