09/01/2015

SEARCHING - A 100 word story

This post is being done in a mad rush on Friday morning - I have to be at the airport in half an hour to catch a flight to England, where my daughter has just given birth to a beautiful baby girl after eleven years of trying. Here she is at an hour old.

Thanks to http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/  for the photo that prompted the story, which I also wrote in a mad rush over my morning cuppa!

SEARCHING 

Frank  searched for years.
Every vacation he covered hundreds of miles - along freeways, up and down innumerable side roads, stopping in each town and city, enquiring at every gas station, always with the same question.
“Have you seen this girl?”

Marjorie took their remaining children and left, so Frank quit his job to join a trucking company.
He asked other drivers, questioned every cafe owner, showed her photograph everywhere.
“Do you know her?”

He was despairing until he saw the road-sign with the faded cards stuck on it.
Her name and a town.
“Dad. Forgive me. Here I am.”


26 comments:

  1. Dear Liz,

    For being in a mad rush, you wrote quite a story. I hope he reunites with his daughter. I think she has a lot of explaining to do. Hopefully this will bring some reconciliation and closure to the entire family. Well done.

    And, I might add, beautiful granddaughter. Enjoy your time with her, Grandma. A hearty congratulations.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thank you Rochelle. I have yet to work out how to post on my blog with my tablet, so it was now or never! And I know every child is beautiful to their family but Millie is a little stunner.

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  2. Lovely baby, congratulations on the addition to your family. And a great story too.

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    1. Thanks Sandra - glad you approve of them both!

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  3. Lovely story, Lizy!
    Congrats to Amelia & you for your sweet angel :)
    God bless!

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    1. Thanks Anita - I'll be cuddling her tomorrow!

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  4. Congratulations on the arrival of your new granddaughter. A new baby in the family is wonderful. The trucker's daughter has some explaining to do.

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    1. Thank you MM - Amelia is my third grandchild and the first girl. We are delighted!

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  5. Lovely story and the basis for a movie (but not starring Clint Eastwood, please).
    Congratulations re granddaughter. Years of love to follow.

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    1. What have you got against Clint Eastwood? I see baby Amelia tomorrow. :)

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  6. Congratulations! She is a little beauty. I enjoyed the story and was glad it had a happy ending. :)

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    1. Thank you PJ - and I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

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  7. Lovely story. I'm so glad they're going to be reunited, but what a price he paid to find her. Congratulations on your new granddaughter. What a blessing.

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    1. She is very precious after such s long wait x

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  8. A true love story, Lizy! I hope the rest of the story goes as well. Enjoy your grandma time and safe travels.

    janet

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  9. I imagine you're with the little one now and have decided an 11 year wait completely worthwhile.

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  10. What a gorgeous angel. Many congratulations to all!!

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  11. Another great story, Liz. You always say so much in so few words.

    A lovely photo of your little granddaughter.

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  12. Fascinating story with many mysteries yet to solve. And congratulations!

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  13. Thank you all, my tabletvisnt cooperating to let me reply individually!

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  14. What a great way to become a grandmother.. and your story was fascinating.. it took a while to see if it was evil or benign.. But a father was last on my list of guesses.

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  15. Congratulations on the new arrival - may you all enjoy your times together over the next many years.

    As for your story, it was lovely to see the father's dedication pay off, and totally realistic - I could see his point of view but also his wife's and her needing to move on for the sake of the other children. I can't imagine being placed in that dilemma. If you rushed it, it showed only in the last fw lines, which left me with a series of questions, but I doubt you could have answered them given hours of editing, in light of the word limit, and questions can be the sign of a good story, so please dn't consider this a criticism, only a critique.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to write a critique, elmo. What questions were in your mind? Perhaps I could develop them into a longer story!

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  16. Congrats, Grandma. She's very beautiful. I also enjoyed the story, especially the happy ending. It would be nice if all missing children stories ended like that.

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    1. Thanks Russell. I agree it would be nice if all missing children were found safe, though Frank paid a heavy price for his daughter.

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