Saying Goodbye…For Now

"This is goodbye until we see each other again in London," Max said to Jabulani. They were alone outside of her family's house. He had come to say goodbye to her parents. He and Avianna were leaving on an early flight in the morning. "I'm going to miss you," Jabulani told him. She longed to …

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A New Year Without Dushan

Ruth was waiting in the restaurant for Mrs. Horton. It was New Year's Eve day and they were meeting there for lunch. When Mrs. Horton invited her, Ruth was tempted to decline because she was in no mood for socializing but Mrs. Horton was so persuasive and not wanting to offend her, she reluctantly accepted. …

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Mr. Pendlebury Levels With Antonia

"Antonia, we need to talk," Mr. Pendlebury's quiet but urgent voice startled her and she looked at him as he stood there in the doorway. "Yes, Father?" "May I come in?" "Yes, of course. Have a seat." "No, thanks. I'll remain standing." "Did you go out?" "Yes. I went to the cemetery." "Oh. I haven't …

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Father Desjardins Calls

“Merry Christmas, Mrs. Amadou.” “Merry Christmas, Father Desjardins.  It’s really good to hear from you.  Are you enjoying your first Christmas in Ireland?” “Yes, I am.  The people here are very warm and friendly and I’ve been invited to Christmas lunch and dinner with two different families.” “That’s good.” “How’s everyone?” “Everyone’s fine.  My daughter’s …

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A Long Over-due Ending

She was waiting for him. Dread filled him and for several minutes, he stood there watching her, wondering if it was such a good idea meeting her. Then, he determined that it was. Breaking up over the phone was cowardly. He had to tell her face to face that it was over between them. Hopefully, …

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Bonding Over Fish & Chips

"Thanks for taking me to the Festival," Chelsey said to Gideon when they were sitting in the restaurant. "You're welcome." "This is a nice joint. Very warm and cozy." "Yes, and they serve the best fish and chips." She smiled. "It has been a long time since I've had that." "Believe me, you'll be happy …

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Meeting Martina’s Parents

Photo by Liz Young “Still nervous about meeting them?” Martina asked Laird as they took a shortcut through the shopping mall to her parents’ condo building. “Yes,” he admitted. She gently squeezed his hand.  “Don’t be.  They’re dying to meet you, remember?” He nodded. Fifteen minutes later, they stood outside of the flat.  Martina rang …

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Vidhya’s Story

As I watch my daughter playing in the back yard, I think of my sister, Indrani. Twenty years ago, we were forced into marriage when we were teenagers.  My husband was twice my age but years later, I was able to divorce him.  Indrani wasn’t so lucky.  She was murdered in an honor killing for …

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Stuck

Photo by Sandra Crook “I told you we should have taken the other route.” Catherine glared at him.  “But, as usual, you never listen to me.  I don’t know why I even bother.” “The tractor will be out of our way soon enough.” “We wouldn’t be stuck behind it if you’d listened to me.” “Look, …

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Comforting Others

Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God – 2 Corinthians 1:3, …

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