What If

July 14, 2021 at 3:08 pm 38 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 16 July 2021

J Hardy Carroll
Photo Credit: J Hardy Carroll

 
Adrian looked through the window and saw Victoria waving goodbye trying to hide the sadness in her eyes,

With her on the railway platform was Emilio. The three of them were good friends.

As the train started moving, Adrian felt a part of him had slipped away.

It would take years before he returned to his village. By then, Victoria and Emilio were married.

Adrian was happy for both of them. Still, he wondered what if he told Victoria he cared for her more than a friend. It was a question that would haunt him the rest of his life.

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  • 1. neilmacdon  |  July 14, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Ah. What-ifs!

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    • 2. plaridel  |  July 14, 2021 at 6:26 pm

      neil:

      it’s a theme all too familiar to me. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. larry trasciatti  |  July 14, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Maybe there was something extra to the sadness in her eyes too

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    • 4. plaridel  |  July 15, 2021 at 8:20 am

      larry:

      she was going to miss him.

      Reply
      • 5. larry trasciatti  |  July 15, 2021 at 8:23 am

        Maybe she missed him as a friend only. Maybe she missed him because she knew they could have been a cute couple

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        • 6. plaridel  |  July 16, 2021 at 8:23 am

          larry:

          exactly.

          Reply
  • 7. Shweta Suresh  |  July 14, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    The what ifs will haunt you for a long time indeed. Poor Adrian!

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    • 8. plaridel  |  July 15, 2021 at 8:19 am

      shweta:

      true that.

      Reply
  • 9. Sandra  |  July 15, 2021 at 4:35 am

    Too late. Always too late.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  July 15, 2021 at 8:19 am

      sandra:

      it’s something we have to live through sometimes.

      Reply
  • 11. Dale  |  July 15, 2021 at 6:28 am

    You can’t live on what ifs… They will destroy you. Well done, Plaridel

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    • 12. plaridel  |  July 15, 2021 at 8:19 am

      dale:

      well said.

      Reply
  • 13. Mason Bushell  |  July 15, 2021 at 6:31 am

    I feel this. The one time I felt the love I never said a word and now I’ll never see her again. Well done!

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    • 14. plaridel  |  July 15, 2021 at 8:19 am

      mason:

      been there and done that.

      Reply
  • 15. rochellewisoff  |  July 15, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    A good question, I’m sure. Well constructed story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 16. plaridel  |  July 15, 2021 at 8:19 am

      rochelle:

      coming from you, i take it as a great compliment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 17. Liz Young  |  July 15, 2021 at 9:25 am

    He has only himself to blame.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  July 16, 2021 at 8:22 am

      liz:

      sadly, i think you’re right.

      Reply
  • 19. michael1148humphris  |  July 15, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Many a person will relate to this story, well told

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    • 20. plaridel  |  July 16, 2021 at 8:22 am

      michael:

      it’s very kind of you. your comment is much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 21. draliman  |  July 15, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    We all have a cache of “what-ifs” to plague us!

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    • 22. plaridel  |  July 16, 2021 at 8:22 am

      draliman:

      such is life.

      Reply
  • 23. Keith's Ramblings  |  July 16, 2021 at 3:17 am

    A missed opportunity. It happens.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  July 16, 2021 at 8:22 am

      keith:

      darn, if only he could turn back the time…

      Reply
  • 25. ahtdoucette  |  July 16, 2021 at 5:05 am

    Oh, those life choices we make and the trains we get on and can’t get off. Great take on the prompt.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  July 16, 2021 at 8:22 am

      anne:

      good point.

      Reply
  • 27. notestowomen  |  July 16, 2021 at 7:16 am

    Poor guy. Perhaps if he had told Victoria how he really felt about her, she would be married to him instead of to Emilio.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  July 16, 2021 at 8:21 am

      adele:

      too late now.

      Reply
      • 29. notestowomen  |  July 16, 2021 at 9:21 am

        You’re right, Plaridel, it’s too late.

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        • 30. plaridel  |  July 16, 2021 at 10:40 pm

          adele:

          sadly.

          Reply
  • 31. GHLearner  |  July 16, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Ah the waht-ifs of our lives. Happy are those who are able to move on eventualy. Beautifully told.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  July 16, 2021 at 10:40 pm

      gabi:

      happy and lucky if they can do that.

      Reply
  • 33. msjadeli  |  July 16, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    I hope he finds himself a soul mate life partner who will make those regrets fade away. He deserves that much.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  July 16, 2021 at 10:40 pm

      msjadeli:

      that would be nice for his sanity.

      Reply
  • 35. Tannille  |  July 16, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    This sort of regret would drive me nuts. Speak up or forever hold your tongue. Things tend to happen for a reason.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  July 16, 2021 at 10:39 pm

      tannille:

      it’s fate.

      Reply
  • 37. Bill  |  July 18, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Sad, but well done.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  July 22, 2021 at 8:12 am

      bill:

      thank you.

      Reply

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