Go Find Her; I’ll Tend to the Others

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly blog link-up based on a photo prompt. The Challenge – write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle, and end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.) The Key – make every word count. Up to the challenge? Join in

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Go Find Her; I’ll Tend to the Others

Wonder if they noticed I runned away. Doubt it. Sun’s done been up for hours. Prolly glad I’m gone. One less mouth to feed. Stupid meanies. I’m hungry. Wonder if them people in that house o’r there got any food. Wonder if they want a kid? Prolly nicer folks. Just look at that big’ol purdy house.

“Julia-Anna!” I jumped up quicker than water in hot grease.

“Goddammit!” Dad said. “Why the hell you sitting out here? Your mom’s damn sick over you.” I lowered my eyes to the weeds.

“Git your ass back home ‘for I beat it … now!”

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100 words. Fiction. Feedback is always appreciated. Comments of any kind, really–so long as they are related to the post.

This one started from a tiny little voice, “don’t make me go back home,” she said. And the image of a little girl sitting alone revealed itself. She looked so sad, sitting there, kicking dirt, looking like the weight of the world was on her shoulders. I got into her head, and this is the story she told me.

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26 thoughts on “Go Find Her; I’ll Tend to the Others

  1. “When I said, ‘I want to get away from it all,’ this is not exactly what I had in mind.”
    Charles shrugged his shoulders. He’d never really understood his wife and their marriage had been one misunderstanding after another, but somehow they’d always found a way to make it work. “So, you were thinking a vacation then?”
    “Yes! A vacation! Not moving our house into this…, this ravine!”
    “Well, you’ve got to admit this is away from it all, right?”
    Susan glared at her husband. “And if you think I’m going to walk up and down those stairs every day…”

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    • I knew you’d be good at this. 🙂
      (Also… Poor guy. Sounds like he’s trying! But it also sounds like they’ve been married long enough that Susan really ought to know to be more clear.)

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      • Maybe next week I’ll even post a proper response over at the kingdom… (okay, I’m on vacation next week, so, maybe the week after) 😉

        Yeah, it’s all part of the game they play. Some couples cement their love in their misunderstandings and disagreements. Bickering is flirting. Screaming is foreplay.

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  2. Heart – wrenching WIB. So sad and yet I don’t doubt so common. The pain of small children in their vulnerability, is one that strikes particulartly hard. Well written.

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  3. Melanie, The child is hurting, but the father may be also. Every member of the family probably had a hard time in life. Some people show love the only way they know. The father could have been showing how much he cared. He doesn’t hit her on the spot, he just threatens. Good story of a family in need. Good voice. Well written. 🙂 —Susan

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