Friday, November 13, 2015


A flash fiction challenge of 100 words or less

The photo prompt copyright  J Hardy Carroll.


John fought to come home just for them. When he left, she was pregnant. He knew his daughter, Jenny, only through Mary's words and photographs. He couldn't wait to hold them close. His mission finally ended, he boarded the plane home.

50 years later

         At the cemetery, he watched them play, both so beautiful, unchanging, and full of love for him. He'd survived the war, but a drunk driver on the way to his next drink stole them from him.

He hoped Mary would be glad to hear that he only had weeks left. Cancer would win this final battle.

100 words
Yolanda Renée © 2015

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  1. Very sad twists. But you got a lot into the small story. :)

    1. Hi Deboarh, thanks for stopping by. Yes, sad, cemeteries seem to bring up such stories.

  2. Sad indeed, death can occur at any moment anywhere

  3. Poor guy made it through the war and then got cancer AND runover by a drunk driver?? You sure take the "torture your characters" seriously! LOL! (I do too -- you should see the horrible things I inflict on my hero and heroine in my current WIP. I'm such a meanie!)

    1. Hi Lexa,
      Yes, he got through the war but his wife and daughter died because of a drunk driver. Now he's dying from cancer. But you're right I do torture my characters. Just expressing emotions long ago suppressed - writing brings it all to the surface and I always go where the characters lead. :)

  4. Oh, so sad and touching and terrible~ You can drive the emotions-wow~

    Oh, darn I do need to visit. I have to run, but will be back to check it out-thanks for reminding me!
    Happy Friday!

    1. Hi Ella,
      I'm just so happy to see you out and about! Get caught up and yes, come back!

  5. You meanie.

    Sometimes the battles people face outside of war are as bad, if not worse, than those we face off of it. At least in war, we're given weapons to fight back. Doesn't always happen in real life.

    Yet another super spin on the prompt. (I guess it's too much to hope for to ever encounter a happy ending, eh? HA!)

    Happy weekend, kiddo.

    1. Hi Susan,
      I'll work on that, promise. ;)
      Happy weekend to you too!

  6. Oh, the sad cruelty of life conveyed in that piece is heartbreaking. Battles aren't exclusive to war.

    1. Hi L. G.
      So true, there are many battles in life.

  7. What a sad and touching flash fiction piece! Huzzah for the Realms Faire! And I'm so excited to be one of the winners. Yay!

    1. Hi Cherie, congratulations!
      You've worked hard this Realms Faire, I'm glad you're a winner too!
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  8. Amazing how you can say so much with such few words.

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    1. Hi Susan,
      I am, and boy am I ready for a break! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. What a sad life he's had, and now, 50 years later, dieing of cancer. I can't add anything constructive, it worked for me. :)

  11. Poor guy can't get a break! A complete story in 100 words is such a challenge. Good one, Yolanda! ☺

    1. Thanks Debbie,
      Sorrow seems the mood of the day.

  12. Wow that end was like a sucker-punch. Great job, Yolanda!

    Sorry to leave a link, Blogger won't allow my wordpress comment:
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  13. Very sad and full of twists. You got a lot of story into this one!

  14. An entire life's tragedy in 100 words - well done!

  15. Dear Yolanda Renee,

    My husband's cousin returned from Viet Nam only to perish in car accident a few weeks later. Life is full of irony.

    C- I think the addition of cancer was overkill and felt somewhat forced. The fact that he survived the war but died at the hands of a drunk driver was enough. But that's my opinion.



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  17. Very sad story. (livehomeandaway)


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