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Lonely is the Heart

Written for Friday Fast Fiction. 100 word photo prompt. Photo courtesy of Dale Rogerson.

 

In the half-light and silence of the winters evening, I focussed on the ice-covered branches, as though they alone would establish a fresh link between Janet and myself.

I willed her to come.

Our intimate relationship and understanding had crumbled. I had pleaded her to meet me one more time. Could she not understand that not knowing how to love does not mean that I do not love.

Unexpectedly and without obvious reason, as the air remained frozen, I saw the icicles were melting and a flood of love swept through me as her car drove into view.

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Not so young man about town who, having witnessed and enjoyed life, is presently having fun, writing about those by-gone times and life in general.

27 comments on “Lonely is the Heart

  1. yarnspinnerr
    December 7, 2017

    A loving take.

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  2. Christine Goodnough
    December 7, 2017

    “not knowing how to love does not mean that I do not love.”

    That’s a really interesting concept — and sadly true, too, sometimes. I have a cousin who saw no love at home, especially from her cruel father, and it seems she really never learned how to love. Only how to profit from useful people. She has no natural mother love for her children, esp her four daughters. Her two sons buy her stuff so she “loves” them, sort of. Sad to watch.

    Hope your character is able to develop some love “how-to.” 🙂

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    • bbryanthomas
      December 7, 2017

      I’ll make sure he does Christine

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  3. Sandra
    December 7, 2017

    Beautifully expressed. I enjoyed this.

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    • bbryanthomas
      December 7, 2017

      Thank you kindly

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  4. Iain Kelly
    December 7, 2017

    Nice to have an uplifting bit of hope at the end.

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  5. Lynn Love
    December 7, 2017

    Well, he must have wished really hard – they so rarely come true! 🙂 Very well written tale Bryan

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    • bbryanthomas
      December 7, 2017

      I’m inclined to agree Lynn. I’ve a feeling she turned around in the carpark and drove off.

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  6. Susan A Eames
    December 7, 2017

    Poignant tale, nicely written. I hope he manages to convince her.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • bbryanthomas
      December 7, 2017

      I’m not so sure. He could have chosen a more romantic place, than a carpark

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  7. granonine
    December 7, 2017

    This is really good. It is so true that there are people who, because of the way they grew up or just their inborn temperament, never learned how to express love. I hope this is a new beginning.

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  8. anuragbakhshi
    December 8, 2017

    Yaaayyyy! See, true love always wins. You didn’t need to worry so much 🙂

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  9. Keith's Ramblings
    December 8, 2017

    …and they both lived happily ever after! Nice.

    Click to read my FriFic!

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    • bbryanthomas
      December 8, 2017

      If she doesn’t turn round and drive off

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  10. pennygadd51
    December 8, 2017

    As you said above, this is different from your usual stories. I preferred it. You’ve written it with sensitivity and with empathy for the narrator, and as a result you’ve given us something real. Well done!

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    • bbryanthomas
      December 8, 2017

      Thank you. I appreciate your thoughts. I don’t find ” romatnic on paper easy to write

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    • bbryanthomas
      December 8, 2017

      …easy to put on paper.

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  11. Dale
    December 9, 2017

    Well, I for one shall choose to believe she realised that he doesn’t know how and has come back to give him a chance and to teach him by loving him. So there. 😉

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    • bbryanthomas
      December 9, 2017

      The perfect ending – You win Dale

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      • Dale
        December 9, 2017

        Yay!!

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  12. Elizabeth Young
    December 11, 2017

    Sounds like there might be a happy ending in sight?

    Liked by 1 person

  13. patriciaruthsusan
    December 13, 2017

    Just lovely, B.Bryan. The happy ending was great. Good writing. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • bbryanthomas
      December 13, 2017

      I’m happy you liked it. Thank you Susan

      Liked by 1 person

    • bbryanthomas
      December 14, 2017

      Thank you Suzanne

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