The Estranged Son

December 15, 2021 at 4:11 pm 48 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 17 December 2021

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 
Some folks say you can go home again. Gerald doesn’t think so.

After a falling out with the family that joined a religious cult, he returns to attend his grandfather’s funeral.

So much has changed since he was gone that Gerald no longer feels welcome. For one, his bedroom in the basement is now a wine cellar.

If there’s a lesson to be learned, it’s that nothing lasts forever. In the long run, even memories like wine would remain only for as long you keep and cherish them.

After the funeral, Gerald leaves with no intention of ever coming back.

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48 Comments Add your own

  • 1. larry trasciatti  |  December 15, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Once that final break has been made unfortunately It’s always a Pandora’s Box moment

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    • 2. plaridel  |  December 15, 2021 at 4:19 pm

      larry:

      sadly, i agree with you.

      Reply
  • 3. msjadeli  |  December 15, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Gerald sounds like a sensible sort. May he find good friends to become his new family.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  December 16, 2021 at 9:38 am

      msjadeli:

      he deserves it for sure. 🙂

      Reply
  • 5. Sandra  |  December 16, 2021 at 1:31 am

    No point clinging onto the past, I guess.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  December 16, 2021 at 9:37 am

      sandra:

      i couldn’t agree more.

      Reply
  • 7. neilmacdon  |  December 16, 2021 at 1:44 am

    I wonder whether Gerald deserves my sympathy. But I don’t know why he broke with his family

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    • 8. plaridel  |  December 16, 2021 at 9:37 am

      neil:

      i think he does. i edited the story to make it clear.

      Reply
      • 9. neilmacdon  |  December 16, 2021 at 10:24 am

        Yes, that’s clearer

        Reply
        • 10. plaridel  |  December 18, 2021 at 8:51 am

          neil:

          glad it did. trying to fit everything in 100 words can be a challenge. 🙂

          Reply
  • 11. James McEwan  |  December 16, 2021 at 6:07 am

    The family never waits if you leave them.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  December 16, 2021 at 9:37 am

      james:

      sadly, it’s true in some cases.

      Reply
  • 13. Keith's Ramblings  |  December 16, 2021 at 6:09 am

    Family situations can become difficult as I know only too well. Hopefully, he took a bottle or two from his bedroom as he left!

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    • 14. plaridel  |  December 16, 2021 at 9:36 am

      keith:

      why not make it three for good measure. 🙂

      Reply
  • 15. dorahak  |  December 16, 2021 at 8:31 am

    So true. Only cherished relationships can survive the inevitable falling outs.
    Pax,
    Dora

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    • 16. plaridel  |  December 16, 2021 at 9:36 am

      dora:

      well said.

      Reply
  • 17. Mason Bushell  |  December 16, 2021 at 8:43 am

    I’m sure his spirit will be glad to be surrounded by other spirits even if they’re different. Good story.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  December 16, 2021 at 9:36 am

      mason:

      may you speak with the tongue of angels. 🙂

      Reply
  • 20. Bill  |  December 16, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Go ahead. Turn my bedroom into a wine cellar. See if I complain. 🙂

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    • 21. plaridel  |  December 18, 2021 at 8:51 am

      bill:

      that’s funny. 🙂

      Reply
      • 22. Bill  |  December 18, 2021 at 10:50 am

        🙂

        Reply
  • 23. Liz Young  |  December 17, 2021 at 7:07 am

    Wise decision, Gerald!

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    • 24. plaridel  |  December 18, 2021 at 8:50 am

      liz:

      he had no other choice to keep his sanity.

      Reply
  • 25. Na'ama Yehuda  |  December 17, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Sometimes one has to close the door on what no longer works.

    Reply
    • 26. plaridel  |  December 18, 2021 at 8:50 am

      na’ama:

      it’s the only way to be able to move on.

      Reply
      • 27. Na'ama Yehuda  |  December 18, 2021 at 10:01 am

        In some cases, yes. Not always, though. Still, a valid option for when that is a better path for a particular person in a particular predicament.

        Reply
        • 28. plaridel  |  December 19, 2021 at 1:36 pm

          na’ama:

          like the saying goes, when in doubt, follow you heart.

          Reply
          • 29. Na'ama Yehuda  |  December 19, 2021 at 4:18 pm

            That, I totally agree with. 🙂

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            • 30. plaridel  |  December 21, 2021 at 9:49 am

              na’ama:

              🙂

              Reply
  • 31. draliman  |  December 17, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Sometimes there is never a way back, especially if your family has joined a cult.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  December 18, 2021 at 8:50 am

      draliman:

      true that.

      Reply
  • 33. GHLearner  |  December 18, 2021 at 6:57 am

    And this is the plain truth. Great story, Plaridel. Where would we be if we couldn’t move on?

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    • 34. plaridel  |  December 18, 2021 at 8:50 am

      gabi:

      good question indeed.

      Reply
  • 35. pennygadd51  |  December 18, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    I like the way you use wine as a metaphor for memory. I don’t think I would have enjoyed having a basement bedroom though.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  December 19, 2021 at 1:35 pm

      penny:

      i guess if one doesn’t have a choice, a bedroom in the basement will do fine. 🙂

      Reply
  • 37. rochellewisoff  |  December 19, 2021 at 5:03 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    There’s nothing like a funeral to bring memories out of the woodwork. You showed that well.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    BTW on a grammar note, I believe it should be “so much HAS changed.” 😉

    Reply
    • 38. plaridel  |  December 19, 2021 at 1:35 pm

      rochelle:

      i’m glad it worked. and thanks for watching my back as usual. noted and corrected the faulty grammar.

      Reply
  • 39. Tannille  |  December 19, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Some dogs are best kept sleeping. Family brake downs are sad.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  December 21, 2021 at 9:49 am

      tannille:

      such is life.

      Reply
  • 41. jillyfunnell  |  December 20, 2021 at 5:23 am

    Sometimes it takes a big life event to set us on the right track for ourselves.

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    • 42. plaridel  |  December 21, 2021 at 9:48 am

      jilly:

      well said.

      Reply
  • 43. Brenda's Thoughts  |  December 20, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    I felt the sadness in your character. Well written tale. I hope he finds family in other places.

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    • 44. plaridel  |  December 21, 2021 at 9:48 am

      brenda:

      he should for his own sanity.

      Reply
  • 45. Dale  |  December 21, 2021 at 5:05 am

    Sad for your character. Sad for anyone who feels that they no longer belong.

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    • 46. plaridel  |  December 21, 2021 at 9:48 am

      dale:

      i know.

      Reply
  • 47. Woman walking Max  |  December 21, 2021 at 8:35 am

    A poignant story, without knowing the back story. Guess there’ll be hurt on both sides.

    Reply
    • 48. plaridel  |  December 21, 2021 at 9:47 am

      francine:

      your comment is much appreciated. thank you.

      Reply

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