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100 Word Challenge: Waiting



The old man settled himself in the sand, the same time and exact place he had waited for the past 58 years. Early on, he watched with anticipation. Later, when he was eager to get back to his family and work, he sat with perfunctory duty.

Now he kept his vigil with longing. His wife was dead, and his children were grown and gone. He clung to the promise: “We will be back. Wait.”

He sighed at the setting sun. Not this year. He shifted his frail body to leave when the sudden light blazed before him.

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Part of the fascinating “100 Word Challenge” project by Darleen Click over at Protein Wisdom. You don’t want to miss her story this week. I’ll add others as they are written. And join in! (If you don’t have a blog, leave your story in the comments.)

My previous stories here: The Rite, Payback

UPDATE: The great Jimmie Bise has an Independence Day themed story.

3 responses to “100 Word Challenge: Waiting”

  1. […] April’s story tells of a promise and a homecoming. […]

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