A Bridge He Couldn’t Cross

November 30, 2022 at 11:13 am 33 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 2 December 2022

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The teacher introduced her as their new classmate. She looked weird wearing a hijab, but he felt a connection right away.

In school, Austin and Layla became fast friends. Introverts at heart, they were often seen in the library sharing their love of poetry and literature.

One day, Austin asked her to be his prom date. “Are you serious?” Layla replied. “You know, my parents wouldn’t approve of it.”

From then on, he realized that falling in love with her was a bridge he couldn’t cross. So be it. He knew she belonged to a culture different than his own.
 

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33 Comments Add your own

  • 1. WritingfromtheheartwithBrian  |  November 30, 2022 at 11:33 am

    I think a big element to any story is making the reader care. You’ve got my attention in just a few words. I want to know more. I want to know what happens next? How he handles the disappointment? What happens to their friendship? How they move forward or drift apart in the future? Interesting set-up. Thanks for sharing.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  December 1, 2022 at 10:06 am

      brian:

      thank you for the generous comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 3. neilmacdon  |  November 30, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    Rational, perhaps, but unromantic

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    • 4. plaridel  |  December 1, 2022 at 10:06 am

      neil:

      i know, i know.

      Reply
  • 5. Iain Kelly  |  December 1, 2022 at 8:05 am

    I found this a sad story, a shame that divide can’t be conquered. Perhaps he should try harder to cross that bridge.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  December 1, 2022 at 10:05 am

      iain:

      if he has true feelings for her, he should try to win her and not give up easily.

      Reply
  • 7. Keith's Ramblings  |  December 1, 2022 at 9:46 am

    In our multicultural world, surely it’s about time such barriers were removed.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  December 1, 2022 at 10:04 am

      keith:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 9. Bill  |  December 1, 2022 at 11:40 am

    And he did not want to deal with the 14 chaperones. πŸ™‚

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    • 10. plaridel  |  December 2, 2022 at 9:43 am

      bill:

      funny, but true. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 11. Brenda's Thoughts  |  December 1, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    A very sad tale. Living cross-culturally, I’ve seen these type religious and cultural barriers. There are times they can be overcome, though. I hope he tries.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  December 2, 2022 at 9:43 am

      brenda:

      i witness it first hand too. that said, he shouldn’t give up that easily.

      Reply
  • 13. CGraith  |  December 2, 2022 at 4:05 am

    But the bridge is there and love might take him across to meet her parents.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  December 2, 2022 at 9:42 am

      clare:

      he should really take the first step and goes from there.

      Reply
  • 15. poetisatinta  |  December 2, 2022 at 4:23 am

    Oh – so sad – he gave up too easily me thinks πŸ™‚

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    • 16. plaridel  |  December 2, 2022 at 9:42 am

      poetisatinta:

      true that.

      Reply
  • 17. rochellewisoff  |  December 2, 2022 at 5:10 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Wonderful use of the prompt! There is a cultural divide, isn’t there? Sometimes we can cross it and sometimes we cannot. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 18. plaridel  |  December 2, 2022 at 9:42 am

      rochelle:

      it’s an irony that this kind of situation happens even in america.

      Reply
  • 19. granonine  |  December 2, 2022 at 6:45 am

    Sad, but it’s better to recognize and acknowledge the differences early, and make wise decisions accordingly. And, as others have said, you have me wondering what happens next!

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    • 20. plaridel  |  December 2, 2022 at 9:42 am

      linda:

      good question. perhaps i should write a follow-up story? πŸ™‚

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      • 21. granonine  |  December 2, 2022 at 7:27 pm

        Of course you should πŸ™‚

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        • 22. plaridel  |  December 4, 2022 at 10:39 am

          linda:

          let’s see how it goes. πŸ™‚

          Reply
  • 23. GHLearner  |  December 3, 2022 at 7:47 am

    If he can think that rational about it, he isn’t in love yet, so it’s easy for him. So sad though, building bridges is hard work.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  December 4, 2022 at 10:38 am

      gabi:

      good point. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 25. dorahak  |  December 4, 2022 at 11:40 am

    Perhaps it wasn’t “love” after all!

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    • 26. plaridel  |  December 7, 2022 at 4:30 pm

      dora:

      who knows? only he can say. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 27. Dale  |  December 5, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    I really hate these cultural divides that parents cause. Then again, he gave up rather quickly so maybe it was just an infatuation πŸ™‚

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    • 28. plaridel  |  December 7, 2022 at 4:30 pm

      dale:

      maybe, maybe not. πŸ™‚

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      • 29. Dale  |  December 7, 2022 at 5:58 pm

        πŸ™‚

        Reply
  • 30. msjadeli  |  December 6, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    I think that’s why when it comes to relationships, it is complicated. These two have even more barriers between them than usual. I don’t think it means they should give up.

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    • 31. plaridel  |  December 7, 2022 at 4:30 pm

      msjadeli:

      good advice.

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      • 32. msjadeli  |  December 7, 2022 at 6:20 pm

        Thanks, Plaridel.

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        • 33. plaridel  |  December 8, 2022 at 10:34 am

          msjadeli:

          πŸ™‚

          Reply

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