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It’s that time of the week again! What time of the week, I hear you ask? Friday Fictioneers time!

Hosted as always by the talented Rochelle, 100 plus people from around the globe write a story of roughly 100 words in response to a photo, supplied this week by Douglas M. MacIlroy.

To read this week’s other stories, click on Bracken, the little blue froggy.

 

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Copyright Douglas M. MacIlroy

“What a beautiful day it was today!” exclaimed Samuel.

“What was that, dear?” asked his wife. She smiled to see him relaxing in his den, cosy slippers warming his feet.

“Sitting by the water, watching the boats. We should go out on one of those boats tomorrow!”

“Tomorrow?” Sheila’s face fell. “Oh, Samuel. That was so long ago.”

“What? Nonsense! Who… who are you?”

Sheila turned away sadly, leaving her husband staring at the picture – a memento of their honeymoon. Maybe tomorrow he’d remember where he was. Who she was. For now, she left him lost in their past.

  1. June 4, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Really touching.

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    • June 4, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Not my usual sort of story, but for some reason this popped into my head when I saw the photo.

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  2. NotAPunkRocker
    June 4, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Oh, that was so sad, to be happy around him but know the truth.

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    • June 4, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      It must be very difficult to watch the mind of someone you love slip away.

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  3. June 4, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    OH! sHE has lost him to Alzheimer . it’s sad.
    Poignantly penned.

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    • June 4, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      It is sad when this happens to someone you love, I can only imagine how those affected must feel.

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  4. June 4, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    What a sad story, Draliman…. 😦 Soft Pawkisses.

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    • June 4, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      It is sad. Thank you for the soft Pawkisses.

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  5. June 4, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Aw that’s so sad, very sweetly written 🙂

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    • June 4, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you. It is sad to think of this happening.

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  6. June 4, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Ahh, that was so touching, and rather sweet for you 😉

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    • June 4, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      I don’t know what came over me this week 🙂

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      • June 4, 2014 at 8:39 pm

        Maybe you’re sickening for something. Perhaps you should drink more milk 😉

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      • June 4, 2014 at 8:44 pm

        Or eat more pizza. Maybe it’s pizza deficiency 🙂

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  7. June 4, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    What else can you do?

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  8. June 5, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Dear Ali,

    Dementia is the cruelest of thieves. Touching story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • June 5, 2014 at 6:44 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Thanks. “The cruellest of thieves” would have made a great title!
      Ali

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  9. June 5, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Dear Draliman,

    The boat is the answer, in case you were wondering. Too many people shy away from that option, but it is there for all of us to take a trip on. Nice story.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    • June 5, 2014 at 6:46 am

      Dear Doug,
      Funnily enough just as I read your comment the music I’m listening to delivered the line “float away and not care”.
      Thanks,
      Ali

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  10. June 5, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Al, That was a lovely though sad story. You captured the feeling completely. My mother had Alzheimer’s. They get lost in time. My mother lived to be almost 93 but thought she was in her 30’s. She was probably happier that way. She would dream at night and think she’d been on a trip. This is different from your usual type of story but you did it well. 🙂 —Susan

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    • June 5, 2014 at 7:51 am

      Thank you. I don’t have any personal experience with Alzheimer’s; it’s hard to imagine what it would be like both for the sufferer and the loved ones. I can imagine quite a feeling of helplessness as someone you love slips further away.
      I don’t know what prompted me to write such a different style of story.

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  11. June 5, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Bitter-sweet. Nicely done. Great example of ‘show, not tell’.

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    • June 5, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Thanks! A bit of a departure from my usual so I’m glad it worked.

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  12. June 5, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Poignant, and very well done!

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  13. June 5, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    This truly was a departure from your norm. Nicely done.

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    • June 6, 2014 at 6:44 am

      It was quite different from my usual. I’m glad you liked it!

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  14. June 6, 2014 at 8:39 am

    What a sad story, but what a lovely supportive wife. Let’s hope she gets to spend more time in the present with her husband.

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    • June 6, 2014 at 10:58 am

      I hope she does too, she’s being so good sticking by him.

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  15. June 6, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Sad but a true story for too many.

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    • June 6, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      It is. I think it was in my mind because a couple of programmes I watch have been covering the topic recently.

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  16. June 6, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    What a sad story! Part of me is glad that although her husband in the story has lost his memory, or has faulty memory, he can still remember their honeymoon. All is not lost … yet.
    Beautifully narrated.

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    • June 7, 2014 at 7:14 am

      Thank you.
      Something of their life together is still there – I’m sure they’ll have some lucid moments together.

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  17. June 6, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    very sad and moving… and frightening. i hope that this doesn’t happen to me or to anyone that i know.

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    • June 7, 2014 at 7:14 am

      I also have that hope. Every time I forget something easy or suddenly can’t work something obvious out I start to worry.

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  18. June 6, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Tears. This crept up on me. Very well done.

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    • June 7, 2014 at 7:15 am

      Thank you – a bit different from my usual story.

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  19. June 6, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    You relayed this message so well.

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    • June 7, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Thanks, I’m glad it came across okay.

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  20. June 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I love the way you drew the reader into the beauty of Samuel’s world before revealing the awful truth. Very effectively told – this is a sad reality for so many people. I also really like the wife and the way her love for her husband comes across with such strength and tenderness. A lot of life lived in 100 words

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    • June 7, 2014 at 7:22 am

      They’ve obviously had a long and happy life together and it is so sad that this is happening, but his wife will stick by him and take care of him. Thank you for your lovely comment!

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  21. June 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Holy Sh**, there went my day. Teasing.

    Horrible disease with their moments of clarity when for a few minutes they realize what is happening.

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    • June 8, 2014 at 5:42 am

      It must be terrible in those moments, wondering how long it will be before you slip back.

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  22. June 8, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Oh my, that was heartbreaking! But well done. You could really tell this couple had had a good marriage together, and I love the tenderness the wife has, and her quiet strength. It would be hard not to lose hope in that situation.

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    • June 8, 2014 at 5:44 am

      Thanks. They’ve had a long and happy marriage and I’m sure she has hope that they will have more moments.

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      • June 9, 2014 at 2:02 am

        I am glad of that. It’s always good to have hope. It’s a powerful thing.

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  23. June 8, 2014 at 3:20 am

    Dear Drailman, You paid a wonderful tribute to all the caregivers of Alzheimers disease. You wrote it with conviction and as I see, right on topic! Hopefully there will be some days in the current here and now for his wife. Job well done! Nan 🙂

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    • June 8, 2014 at 3:21 am

      I meant Draliman – sorry I misspelled your name, have a good week! Nan

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      • June 8, 2014 at 5:45 am

        That’s OK! It’s not like it’s my real name 🙂

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    • June 8, 2014 at 5:45 am

      Thank you. I’m sure they will have more moments together. She’ll be there for him regardless.

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  24. June 9, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    So sad.. but it’s good that the best part still remained…

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    • June 10, 2014 at 6:56 am

      I hope all his memories are good ones.

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  25. Sun
    June 11, 2014 at 1:29 am

    a very tough situation watching someone’s mind fading away. i love the flow of the dialogue between your characters.

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    • June 11, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Thanks, I enjoy doing dialogue!
      Yes, it must be very difficult and sad watching this happen.

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  26. June 26, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Such a sad story, but a very common occurrence. I liked it very much.

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    • June 27, 2014 at 6:21 am

      Hopefully one day they will make some progress in alleviating this condition.

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  27. February 9, 2016 at 1:30 am

    How sad. Nicely written.

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    • February 9, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Thanks! It’s such a sad situation.

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