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A Fresh Start

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 23 October 2020

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

When Consuelo left their native country and settled in New York, Roberto told her that in five years he’d follow her so they could be together again.

It took him much longer to fulfill that promise. By then Roberto realized that she wasn’t the same person anymore. Consuelo had changed and so did he.

“This isn’t going to work,” she suddenly blurted out while having breakfast at the neighborhood café.

After the break up, Roberto headed far west to San Francisco. He found it a haven for people like him coming from somewhere else looking forward to a fresh start.

October 21, 2020 at 3:54 pm 38 comments

She’s Moving Out

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 2 October 2020

Rowena Curtin
Photo Credit: Rowena Curtin

“Better watch out,” Mom told her newly-wed daughter upon learning the husband had slapped her during an argument. “He hit you once, he’ll hit you again.”

“I’m truly sorry,” Jonathan later apologized with a bouquet of flowers. “It won’t happen again.”

But promises were made to be broken. When Emma forgot to iron his favorite shirt, Jonathan attacked her. This time, however, she fought back and knocked him down with a baseball bat.

“I forgive you,” Jonathan called from the hospital where he was recovering from his injuries. “I want us get back together.”

“Forget it, Jonathan. I’m moving out.“

September 30, 2020 at 8:47 am 48 comments

One Ordinary Day

Cross Street

Today I walk to the post office to mail a holiday greeting card. Since Christmas Day is past, it may appear a little late, but not really. In my native country, the Christmas season doesn’t end until the Feast of the Epiphany on the first Sunday of the year. Besides, I know the recipient will understand.

It’s 10:30 a.m. The sun is up and shining bright, but with the temperature hovering in the upper 30s, there’s hardly any pedestrians and dog walkers in sight. By contrast, the main street is busy with anxious drivers eager to beat the red light. They show impatience and don’t hesitate to blow their horns at so-called Sunday and holiday drivers who get in the way.

The post office is a mile from my house. As I saunter on the way, I ponder on the year that’s about to end. What an uneventful year it was! It would be remembered mostly as the year my mother passed away in the Philippines. I wasn’t able to attend the funeral. Since I live in the U.S., I could only wish my sister had given me more time to book and prepare for the trip. Scheduling the burial five days after her death just didn’t cut it. Needless to say, it made me angry and sad.

It’s my fervent hope that the coming year will bring peace to our family. May it allow us to rise above our petty differences and learn to forgive and forget and move on. After all, we’re family and there’s nothing we can do about it.

After mailing the card at the post office, I have decided to go to the nearby food court for my favorite comfort food. On a cold day like this nothing compares to a hot noodle soup. Bon appétit!

December 28, 2019 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Oh Dear!

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 8 November 2019

Ronda Del Boccio
Photo Credit: Ronda Del Boccio

Kyle came home late from the office looking real tired and hungry. By then, Ellen had gone to work the evening shift at the hospital.

“Oh dear!” he sighed seeing the dirty dishes in the sink.

Early in their relationship, he and Ellen had agreed that whoever cooked didn’t have to do the dishes. Since Ellen did the cooking, Kyle knew he was it.

As he warmed his food, Kyle took a second look at the pile seemingly begging for attention. Realizing that it wasn’t high enough, he ate his dinner in peace. For sure, it could wait another day.

November 6, 2019 at 2:29 pm 36 comments

A Birthday Wish

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 23 August 2019

Dale Rogerson
Photo Credit: Dale Rogerson

It was Dorothy’s birthday. The surprise party at the hospital cafeteria where she worked could barely lift her spirits.

Early this year, her husband died and their home for twenty years was lost in the recent wildfire.

Surrounded by co-workers, Dorothy felt so alone wishing her only son Ryan was around. But he was serving in Afghanistan.

“Hey mom!” A familiar voice startled her. It belonged to Ryan who got a pass from the military.

Mother and son rushed to each other and hugged so tight they wouldn’t let go.

It was a moment that left those around them teary-eyed.

August 21, 2019 at 8:38 am 42 comments

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