Living Off-Grid

May 5, 2021 at 12:31 pm 42 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 7 May 2021

Ted Strutz
Photo Credit: Ted Strutz

 
“I want to go home now,” Molly told Brian while they were camping out in Yosemite.

It was a year ago that they hit the road in a camper van from Nebraska. With no destination in mind, they were excited to experience living off the grid and enjoy the freedom it provided.

For a while everything was good. But soon the novelty wore off and Molly suddenly longed for a more structured life surrounded by family.


Somewhere near San Francisco, Brian dropped Molly off at the bus station and let her go. He didn’t know she was carrying his child.

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  • 1. neilmacdon  |  May 5, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    Will he ever find out?

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    • 2. plaridel  |  May 5, 2021 at 10:37 pm

      good question. πŸ™‚

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  • 3. Iain Kelly  |  May 5, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    Bit of a twist at the end – living off-grid is much trickier with a child to raise, that’s for sure.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  May 5, 2021 at 10:37 pm

      iain:

      i agree. that was the reason why she chose return home. hopefully, she’d be welcomed back.

      Reply
  • 5. earthskyair  |  May 5, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    Oh dear, that’s a tough ending, but perhaps more to come?

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    • 6. plaridel  |  May 5, 2021 at 10:36 pm

      earthskyair:

      who knows? it’s a possibility. πŸ™‚

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  • 7. Dora  |  May 5, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Plaridel,
    Brian seems too immature perhaps for responsibility, but I’m not sure Molly is right to hide her pregnancy from him, give him a chance to grow up!
    βˆΌπŸ•ŠDora

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    • 8. plaridel  |  May 5, 2021 at 10:36 pm

      dora:

      he’ll likely know in due time. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 9. Tannille  |  May 5, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Did she know? If so, honesty is usually the best policy.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  May 6, 2021 at 1:10 pm

      tannille:

      he’ll know it in due time.

      Reply
  • 11. Sandra  |  May 6, 2021 at 2:08 am

    I could see why she might want to put down some roots now.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  May 6, 2021 at 1:10 pm

      sandra:

      for sure, it’ll be good for the baby.

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  • 13. rochellewisoff  |  May 6, 2021 at 5:14 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I didn’t see that coming. Perhaps she didn’t feel the nomadic lifestyle would be much fun with a baby.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 14. plaridel  |  May 6, 2021 at 1:10 pm

      rochelle:

      methinks, it was the right decision on her part.

      Reply
  • 15. GHLearner  |  May 6, 2021 at 10:44 am

    I hope living off the grid doesn’t prevent him from paying child support. Great story.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  May 6, 2021 at 1:10 pm

      gabi:

      hope springs eternal. πŸ™‚

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  • 17. Mason Bushell  |  May 6, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Oh he’ll be upset when he see’s the baby snaps. Good story!

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    • 18. plaridel  |  May 6, 2021 at 1:09 pm

      mason:

      hope he doesn’t. after all, it takes two to tango. πŸ™‚

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  • 19. D. Avery @shiftnshake  |  May 6, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Oh, that’s why she was ready to put down roots. This is the beginning of a longer story!

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    • 20. plaridel  |  May 7, 2021 at 8:56 am

      d. avery:

      exactly. every child needs a family.

      Reply
  • 21. Keith's Ramblings  |  May 7, 2021 at 2:26 am

    I wonder if the child will ever know who its father is. Great take plaridel.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  May 7, 2021 at 8:56 am

      keith:

      only time will tell.

      Reply
  • 23. michael1148humphris  |  May 7, 2021 at 4:12 am

    Great twist at the end, so many possible outcomes.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  May 7, 2021 at 8:56 am

      michael:

      i appreciate the generous comment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 25. draliman  |  May 7, 2021 at 5:25 am

    Dropped her off at a bus station? What a nice guy πŸ˜‰

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    • 26. plaridel  |  May 7, 2021 at 8:55 am

      draliman:

      at least, he didn’t abandon her in the wilderness. πŸ™‚

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  • 27. Elizabeth Young  |  May 7, 2021 at 8:25 am

    The nesting instinct wins again – but she should have told him.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  May 7, 2021 at 8:55 am

      liz:

      she’ll probably tell him when the time is right.

      Reply
  • 29. Brenda's Thoughts  |  May 7, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Wow, I think maybe she should have told him. Unless, she feared he would not want to stay in one place. Good one, Plaridel!

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    • 30. plaridel  |  May 8, 2021 at 10:20 am

      brenda:

      it wasn’t worth telling him. he wasn’t ready to settle down.

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  • 31. msjadeli  |  May 7, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    A pregnant woman’s nesting instinct kicks in, but why is she cutting her husband out of the process, I wonder? Maybe something else is going on…

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    • 32. plaridel  |  May 8, 2021 at 10:20 am

      msjadeli:

      she knows life in the road isn’t good for the baby.

      Reply
  • 33. pennygadd51  |  May 8, 2021 at 3:39 am

    Was there reason to suppose that Brian would have responded with violence if told about his child? I can’t imagine any other reason for not telling him. Having two parents is definitely preferable for the child.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  May 8, 2021 at 10:20 am

      penny:

      having a baby wasn’t in the plan. it just happened.

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  • 35. ahtdoucette  |  May 8, 2021 at 4:41 am

    Oh no. I hope she tells him the truth when she finds out, assuming she doesn’t know. Great little story.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  May 8, 2021 at 10:20 am

      anne:

      she’ll likely tell him when the time is right.

      Reply
  • 37. Woman walking Max  |  May 8, 2021 at 9:48 am

    A very believable story, setting off with the dream of freedom, meeting the reality of their situation. Guess she wants to keep her options open regarding her baby.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  May 8, 2021 at 10:19 am

      woman walking max:

      top priority becomes her baby who needs the comfort and security of a real home.

      Reply
  • 39. granonine  |  May 8, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Why didn’t she tell him? Did she realize at some point that he is a Peter Pan? She wants stability for the baby. I hope she finds it.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  May 8, 2021 at 10:22 am

      linda:

      he’s a peter pan alright. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 41. Nobbinmaug  |  May 8, 2021 at 11:10 am

    It could be everything he was looking for just got off that RV.

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    • 42. plaridel  |  May 12, 2021 at 6:34 pm

      Nobbinmaug:

      you could well be right.

      Reply

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