16/09/2020

MOVING HOME - a story in only one hundred words.

 

MOVING HOME

 Archie wouldn’t let me put him down – not surprising with all the upheaval – and I managed one-handed till Dad needed help with the sofa.

I thought his high-chair would be the safest place, and I was only gone a minute, two at the most, but when we came down Archie had gone.

 I knew who’d taken him – the bastard must have been watching us, waiting for his chance to snatch him.

 It was three days before he called, and I could hear Archie in the background. “My mother already loves him,” he said, “You won’t hear from us again.”

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Thanks to Roger Bultot for this photograph which instantly prompted a story, but Other Life in the shape of a friend for lunch got in the way and I've only just got round to writing it. I was briefly tempted to write a different story, as the pile of rubbish is reminiscent of the state my garden has been in this week while a new kitchen was installed, but I resisted the temptation to burden you with my life story!

What I will do is ask you to buy my latest book by clicking on the link at the top of this page. ROCK FESTIVAL is the fourth and final book in my Living Rock series - the first three books, A VOLCANIC RACE, WOLF PACK & LANDSLIDE are also available on Amazon. The series is a fantasy - not everyone's cup of tea, I know - but Rochelle has read them and enjoyed them, so they must be worth a try! 😊



33 comments:

  1. Was the abductor Archie's father?

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  2. He can call the cops and ask them to trace the call.
    CDR- Call Record Details
    These dayys technology is advanced. Hope Archie & kidnapped kids like him reach their real family.

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    1. I fear his abductor has taken him abroad.

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  3. I suspect this will end up in the courts and no one will be a winner in the end, not least poor Archie.

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    1. Probably you are right, poor little chap.

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  4. So heartbreaking for the mother and a son that it sounds like will grow up without her :(

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  5. I was on completely the wrong track after reading the words 'put him down'. I quickly realised my mistake and one kind of sadness was replaced by another.

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    1. Unfortunate choice of words - sorry - I hadn't thought of their other connotation until now!

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  6. Dear Liz,

    "Put him down" made me think she was speaking of a pet. As I read I realized what you meant. These things do happen. Tragic.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. As I said to Sandra - I was caught out by a phrase with double meaning.

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  7. How terrifying and sad! They say that most child abductions are by family members.

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    1. The worst part is that Archie is probably too young to remember his mother after a few years with his father and grandmother.

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  8. it must be hearbreaking for a mother to lose her son that way. but it happens.

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  9. Oh how awful! I will imagine it is the other parent who took the baby. Not that it is right. But it gives her (hopefully) a chance to get him back. Mind you, a friend of mine searched for her two boys for ten years. She did finally find them but it was hell on earth.

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    1. Ten years?!! That's appalling. Having found them, did she get them back?

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    2. She did. And has rebuilt her relationship with them...

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  10. Very heart-breaking and a sad reality for some.
    -Justjoyfulness

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    1. Unfortunately it happens more often than we think.

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  11. Such a heart-wrenching tale!
    Ronda

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  12. A very unfortunate thing when children are in the middle of parent chaos.
    Intriguing story, Liz. Have a great day … Be Safe
    Isadora ��

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    1. Especially if theparents are from different countries and cultures.

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  13. Incredible! Gave me chills. She is already loking for Archie. I hope she prevails

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  14. Even though she knew who took Archie, it still would be terrifying. Nicely written story!!

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    1. Yes it would, I'm glad I've never been in that situation.

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  15. Oh, I can hear the gun shots now. Well done.

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    1. Gunshots? It's amazing how other people interpret what I write!

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  16. It's terrible these things happen.

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