Lost and Found

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Photo (c) Danny Bowman

Lost and Found

Words 100

I love you.

That day, when he had uttered those magical words, she had been unable to respond.

But as the maid hung out the washing, she was glad her parents had rejected his marriage proposal.

She looked out into the horizon.

He was somewhere beyond the mountains, still struggling to eke out a decent living.

While she had everything, a good home, family and material comfort – what more could a girl ask for?

Nothing.

Except…

If only her husband could touch her heart, make it thud, like he had.

I love you, she whispered to the winds.

***

A/N This is a continuation of my primary submission – Uncharted Territory – for the Friday Fictioneers. And also another possible scenario – Beyond. Forgive me Rochelle for testing your kindness.

Written for the Friday Fictioneers – a story in 100 words or less. Thank you to Rochelle for hosting this inspiring challenge and Danny Bowman for the amazing photo that prompted the stories to write themselves. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt click here.

 

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Dahlia

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46 thoughts on “Lost and Found”

  1. I wish we could loose and find like this just like the way you wrote, yet this incomplete feeling you have mentioned haunts me as if I left something behind at a very big cost….intriguing!

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  2. What are you on, Dahlia?? ‘Cos I want some! You’ve written three delightful stories for one prompt. Wow!
    BTW, although they’re all excellent, I liked the first one best of all. I could hear the quality of the silence after that first ‘I love you’ as her hands stilled.

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    1. I want some too! 😀 Psst I think I was possessed, the stories flowed out on their own. I was just the typist and feel as if I cannot claim ownership. But thank you for your lovely comments appreciation and support 🙂

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  3. This is beautifully written, all three are, but I don’t like her in this. Obviously her lost love touched her heart, and giving this up for money–maybe with the arranged marriages she didn’t have a say in this? You see, I want to like her. 😉

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    1. Thank you for a lovely comment! Yes this is an arranged marriage and no one asked her wish. And now she is trying to be happy with whatever life has handed her. Besides, for the poor, money is a necessity while love is a luxury that few can afford. I hope you understand her better, if not like her 😀

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      1. Oh, I do understand her. I like her if she loved him but her parents arranged the rich marriage. Not everyone is a fighter, especially with parents. I like her if she doesn’t love him and accepts what’s arranged for her. I don’t like her if she loved him, had the choice and chose the money. Hopeless romantic, I am. 🙂

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    1. Huh. Okay, different culture from my own, different customs. Not always easy for me to understand why people do what they do. I do appreciate the quality of the writing. I’m feeling a little let down that she’s married to someone who doesn’t stir her heartstrings.

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      1. Thank you for your honest feedback. I understand what you mean, sometimes, even I have trouble getting the context because of the unfamiliarity with the culture and background. But then it is also fun to be able to see another world view and understand a bit more than before. Briefly just for clarity, in India, marriages are more often than not ‘arranged’ by parents (I was lucky enough to be allowed to follow my heart). Girls (and boys) have little or no say in the matter. Secondly in India, a marriage is rarely between just the couple. Upon marriage, the groom’s entire family becomes the bride’s shared responsibility (including education and marriage of his siblings). Often where the family is not well off, the husband goes away to the city in search of a job while the girl stays behind to look after his family. While the boy broke the norm and expressed his feelings, neither of the girls could say anything and went with their parents’ decision (which otherwise would have brought shame and disrepute to her family). But both girls have a little less than they want and desire, stressing the underlying philosophy in these parts – in this world one cannot have everything. Thank you for reading.

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  4. She is living the consequences of the choice made by her, yet can’t help but empathise with her…
    Out of the three, to me this one seemed the worst scenario but the best in terms of your writing

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