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The Promise (Friday Fictioneers)

March 11, 2021
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He came out onto the beach every day at the same time. Stared out at the horizon for an hour then closed his eyes. After a while, he returned home. Every day. Like clockwork.

I thought about asking him why, but he looked so peaceful I was loathe to interrupt his silence.

Yesterday there was a sparkle upon the waves. Or from beneath them. It was hard to tell from where I stood. In all honesty I feared it was only in my imagination.

The old man laughed aloud, threw up his hat and cheered.

I wonder what he saw.

This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

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25 Comments
  1. He saw something, but the narrator was gifted by the sight of mystery

  2. Whatever it was, I’m happy that he’s happy 🙂

  3. Ask him! Now we are all curious 😉 lol, Glad he (the old man) had the patience to wait it out and finally see it.

  4. Wonder what he saw, indeed! Excellent story… left us wanting more.

  5. I love that the watcher could not see what he did. Of course, now I’m wondering what that was, too!
    Well done, Laurie.

    • Thank you Dale, I’m curious what everything thinks he saw? The eye of the beholder. The one that got away perhaps? Sunken treasure? A white whale? A mermaid? A forgotten memory perhaps?

  6. Open-enders don’t come more open-ended that that! Nice one Laurie!

    My story!

  7. In many ways this mirrors search with the telescopes looking out into space, and waiting for a ripple of existence.
    I lie the mystery of the old man’s joy.

  8. Yaay!!! His persevering hope paid off. What a grand and mysterious ending!

  9. Dear Laurie,

    What a delightful way to leave the reader hanging. I wonder what the old man saw and what the glimmer beneath the waves is.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  10. Well, you’ve certainly provided us with a delightful mystery to consider 🙂

  11. Good for him. He has found a path to happiness and contentment. Great story, Laurie.

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