No Future Here

Photo by Na’ama Yehuda

“No, James.  We can never see each other again.”

Never?” The thought was unbearable.

“No!  God saved your life so that you could return to your family.”

“When I was hit and thought that I was going to die, I saw your face, Maddie and I hung on.  I’m alive because of you.”

“James, there’s no future for us.”

“Maddie, please…”

“Forget about me.”

“I can’t.  I love you.”

“Goodbye, James.” She hung up and then broke down.

He slowly replaced the receiver and buried his face in his hands.

“You love this other woman?” Jane’s anguished question startled him.

100 Words

This is part ten of the story about General Turpentine and Maddie, the African-American nurse he met and fell in love with during World War II.

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  You can find this week’s prompt here. To read other stories or to participate, click here

29 thoughts on “No Future Here

    1. This is a complicated mess. I’m not sure what Jane is going to do. She can divorce James and move out with the children. Finding another man after the possible breakup of her marriage will be the last thing on her mind. She’s probably going to focus on making a new life for the children and her.

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    1. Dear Rochelle,

      Yes, this has gotten more complicated. Poor Jane. How awful for her to find out that her husband is in love with another woman. I have to figure out what happens next.



  1. Oh wow! There’s no easy answer to this! The heart wants what the heart wants. I like the emotion and suspense in this. A very real scenario. I’m wondering now what choice he will make.

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    1. You’re right. There’s no easy answer to this. In his heart, he wants to be with Maddie but Maddie is a realist. In those days, interracial relationships were a no no and he’s a married and family man. Thanks, Jenne. I wanted to make it very realistic. It would be interesting to see what he will do now that Jane knows and Maddie has told him that there is no future for them.


  2. The love of these two is very clear and make me hope there is a future for all three of them. However, I like that there is struggle. If a marriage can be given up with a snap of the finger, without an effort to keep it working, the next one won’t likely last all that long either. Falling in love is easy, maintaiing it is hard work.

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    1. Yes, it’s very clear that James and Maddie love each other but she doesn’t think that there’s any future for him. She believes that he should stay with his family. What will James do now? Stay with Jane and try to salvage their marriage although he’s in love with Maddie? What will Jane do? You’re right, falling in love is easy but staying in love is another matter although, I think James and Maddie are truly in love with each other but they would have faced many challenges as an interracial couple.

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