Seth and June

He lived in the pink house, she in the white. They grew up together laughing, climbing the hillside, riding the school bus. No one was surprised when he proposed. It was quietly assumed. Seth and June.

Just days after the wedding, his unit was called. She wept and he promised to return.

Eight months of living with her folks. Skyping when possible, through static and frozen image. And now she sat, secret intact. Large belly pressed against the pane, a new life about to enter theirs. She waited for him to round the bend. Promise fulfilled and multiplied by two.


100 words.  Photo Credit: Sandra Crook — basis for this week’s Friday Fictioneers flash fiction challenge by Rochelle Wisoff.  

43 thoughts on “Seth and June

    • lillian November 25, 2015 / 5:33 pm

      Thank you so much. I’m glad you like it and appreciate your comment!

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    • lillian November 25, 2015 / 5:34 pm

      Here in the U.S., it’s almost Thanksgiving day and I was ready for a positive happy ending! 🙂

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      • Misky November 25, 2015 / 5:41 pm

        Happy Thanksgiving, Lillian!

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  1. rochellewisoff November 25, 2015 / 5:51 pm

    Dear Lillian,

    I held my breath through the most of your hundred words hoping Seth would return. Thank you for a sweet and happy ending.

    Shalom and happy Thanksgiving,


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    • lillian November 25, 2015 / 6:00 pm

      Happy endings are the best — especially at Thanksgiving time 🙂


    • lillian November 26, 2015 / 7:58 am

      Well, after seeing all the comments, it appears that the happy ending was the twist! 🙂 So glad you liked it, Sandra.


  2. ceayr November 26, 2015 / 6:46 am

    Oh, well done.
    Even I got caught up in the general feel good here!

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    • lillian November 26, 2015 / 8:00 am

      Thank you so much for the compliment! So many times the feel good stories can be “sticky” — that red cherry cough syrupy sweet… if you got caught up here, then it means I’ve succeeded in having a happy ending that was somewhat of a twist and was one that readers actually hoped for rather than saw coming a mile away. At least, that’s my read on your reaction. So — in a nutshell, your comment made me feel good this Thanksgiving morn! Many thanks!


  3. micklively November 26, 2015 / 8:59 am

    I hope he comes home. I hope he lets everyone else do the same.

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    • lillian November 26, 2015 / 12:05 pm

      He’s coming round the bend! Yes — prayers today for all our service men and women!

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      • micklively November 27, 2015 / 2:17 am

        No prayers for the one’s they’ve killed?


      • lillian November 27, 2015 / 5:10 am

        Well of course….for all touched by strife . 100 words provide a glimpse into but two individuals touched by conflict and include hope for humanity in the symbolism of a babe about to be born and in Seth’s return.

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  4. Dale November 26, 2015 / 11:18 pm

    Such a beautiful tale of love and hope and sadness and joy…

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  5. gahlearner November 27, 2015 / 6:12 pm

    A beautiful story. C–I did see the pregnancy coming, but not the happy ending, which makes it a lovely conclusion to the good tension you built in these few words.

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    • lillian November 27, 2015 / 6:13 pm

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful read. Really appreciate it and so glad you liked it!

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  6. Laura Thiessen November 27, 2015 / 7:15 pm

    I’m so glad Seth was on his way home. I guess I love happy endings.

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    • lillian November 29, 2015 / 8:14 am

      Thanks, Patrick. If you’ll read my About, you’ll see I’m a very positive person! 😊 So glad you liked it!


  7. Melanie November 29, 2015 / 11:12 am

    I am so glad it worked out for them. What a secret to keep! I can imagine the love these two share and the happiness and joy in their embrace when she comes running out of the house to greet him.

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    • lillian November 29, 2015 / 4:38 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the story. From people’s reactions, it appears Seth and June came alive for many.

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      • Melanie November 29, 2015 / 5:13 pm

        They are the hope of dreams.

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    • lillian November 29, 2015 / 5:51 pm

      Glad you liked it! So nice to see you here on my site – you’re always welcome!

      Liked by 1 person

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