A flash fiction story about a lost and renewed love

If it were meant to be, they would meet once again.

Norma Jean was fast asleep when she was awakened to the sound of her doorbell buzzing. Quickly donning a robe, looked outside and was pleasently surprised to see a package tied with a pink bow sitting on her front porch. Wondering, " now what could this be? " She noticed a return address was missing. She hurriedly unwrapped the package. Inside she stared at a picture of herself, taken years ago.

The note inside asked a question, do you remember me?

Frantically shuffling through the contents, she soon found another picture of David, a long ago lover/friend with words scribbled, " I still love you. "

Without a return address, how could she possibly reply?

Memories consumed her thoughts, going back in time. remembering the fun times. The sad times. The day she wispered goodby at the train station , so afraid she would never see him again.

The year was nineteen fifty, he was leaving to serve in the Korean war.

They kept in constant touch, letters flew back and forth until one day they abruptly stopped.

She received notification that he was a P.O.W.

A couple of years had passed when she met and married another man who had just recently passed away.

She knew in her heart, if this reunion was meant to be, they would meet once again.

The shrill sound of the telephone ringing brought her back to the present. She said, " Hello, is this you david? How wonderful! "

David asked when he could come to see her, she told him to come as soon as he could get there! She hurried to get dressed, putting on a pair of jeans and a pullover top, combing her long blond hair in one braid that reached the middle of her back. She waited for him on her front porch, her heart was beating so fast she could hardly breathe. When he pulled into the driveway she ran to meet him. He wrapped her in his arms, their eye,s filled with tears. Time seemed to stand still, both remembering their last kiss at the train station. They had so much catching up to do. He told her about his time as a P.O.W. The only thing that kept him alive was the thought of seeing her again. She told him about her marriage and the fact that she had settled for less thinking she would never see him again.

He told her when he was released his family told him that you had married. I went to Chicago and started an advertising business, when I heard that your husband had passed away, I knew I had to see you.

They looked deeply into each others eye's and knew without a doubt they had found happiness again.

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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Ahh this is so lovely Ruby. Reminds me of the story in the news of Bob Humphries and Bernie Bluett, being reubited after 70 years.

Love stories like this. Thanks for sharing


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I think flash fiction is one of the hardest genres to write and you do it very well. Telling an entire story in so few words is not easy. Well done my friend.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

“Do you remember me?” What an intriguing note along with the photo. And David’s photo with his, “I still love you.” Seger’s song/video is an interesting complement. I have my fingers crossed for David and Norma Jean. Excellent, Ruby. :-)


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America

I also like this story very much. It is one to keep and read many times.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

All I can say... I was there. thank you


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I think it is so great when a lost love from the past returns and there is a happy ending. I love your story.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

This is a true gem and shows off your talent at its best.

Voted up and shared Ruby.

Eddy.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Ruby, you are such a romantic. What a nice read, full of warmth and charm. Pink bows and photos from their youth what a nice way to reintroduce yourself.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Ruby,

Flash is about right...if you mean brilliance, wonder and hopefulness...

I believe you are most adept at flash fiction, dear friend...which makes sense with your propensity towards poetry.

This was absolutely beautiful! Voted UP and UABI...Love, Maria


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Rosemary, I am so glad you liked my story. I am trying to write without rhyming. Thank you my friend..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill, Thank you for the nice compliment. Like i said above, poetry is my favorite genre, but i am learning to write stories and i love it too. Thank's again...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna, i am thrilled you enjoyed my story. I wonder if this really ever happened? I imagine it did. War is an enemy to lovers. Thank you my friend...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Patty, so nice to meet you, glad you liked my story. I see you are following me, happy to follow you. Thank you...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martin, I have this feeling that this was your era in time past. Thank you for coming to read...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Pam, I feel the same way. I guess they might say that we love romance and it would be true. Thank you. Happy you came by my page...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Eddy, Thank you. I appreciate your comment. You made my day dear friend....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike, I must admit that i am a hopeless romantic. I love to write about lost love found again. My mother used to tell me i was a dreamer, i guess i am. Thank you for your sweet comment. I am smiling BIG time....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar, you tagged me spot on. Poetry is my first love, but i am a hopeless romantic and love to write about lost love reuniting. I guess it's making up for my miserable attempts at a lasting love. Geez, why don't you open up Ruby...Hee. I love you dear one..


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia

Ruby, I certainly enjoy your short stories. I only imagine what joy it would bring to them both, a great love story. Beautifully written AE, voted up, awesome, beautiful, interesting, and shared.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ricky, I love that you like love stories, that means you are a romantic like me. You are always so kind with your comments. Thank you so much for sharing..


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Romantic Ruby! This is a sweet story with an awesome message: Sooner or later dreams come true.

:))


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martie, Dreams can come true, it can happen to you if you're young heart..LaLaDaDa..Thank you Dear one...:))


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Very sweet story! Nice job on writing flash fiction!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello epbooks, Thank you for coming by my page, happy you thought it was sweet....Cheers..


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Your story, Ruby, may be short

But it's so tender and sweet.

The lovers were reunited

Now their love story is complete.

Noticed that your female lead,

Norma Jean is her name.

Remember Marilyn Monroe?

Her real name was the same.


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

What a sweet story! I will always believe in the fairytale! Thank you! Up++


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello drbj, I thought of Marilyn when i selected the name. Love your poetic response. Thank you for gracing my page dear one......


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello btrbell, Happy to meet you. Glad you liked my story. I see you have started to follow me, Thank you. I am now following you...Cheers.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Ruby,

Flash fiction is relatively new genre in creative writing. Like Bill, I also believe, it is difficult to write flash stories. However, you have a natural skill to tell a story in few paragraphs. I enjoyed reading this short-short story.


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annart 3 years ago from SW England

Great story! Well written AND a happy ending - who could ask for more?


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vinaya, Thank you so much for an uplifting comment. Fiction is relatively new to me, as you know, poetry is my passion. I find when i am writing any story, i want to rhyme. Cheers my friend..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello annart, Happy to meet you. Thank you. I love happy endings too..Cheers..


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Ah I love happy endings Ruby! lol! such a lovely story.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Nell, Thank you for a lovely story comment...


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

This is so lovely Ruby!!!


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Love lost and found, a heartwarming story, beautifully told.


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Jenna Pope 3 years ago from Southern California

Lovely story. Keep writing! Voted up.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Audrey, So happy you liked it. Thank you..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello tobusiness, Thank you for a heartwarming comment...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Jenna Pope, Nice to meet you. Thank you for a lovely comment..


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

How very romantic, Ruby! It's been awhile since I've been able to get around HP on a regular basis, so I'm going through email notifications. Glad I saved this one!


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

Great story, Ruby. I'm such a sucker for happy endings and true romance. (Sigh...) :) UP/B and sharing.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Sweet and beautiful, just like you. I love happy endings too.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shanmarie, Sorry i'm late with my response So glad you liked my story. Thank you.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Denise, Good to see you. I feel the same. I love LOVE, Hee..Thank you...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Peg, I'm thrilled. Thank you so much. I loved writing this. Your comment brings a smile. Hugs.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Ruby,

I stopped by to say hello.

Have you stopped publishing on HP, or, you taking time to come up with another brilliant poem and story.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Vinata, Hubpages refused to feature the last two hubs i wrote, so i have lost interest, never sure if they will feature it. It makes me afraid to write. I guess i've lost my will to try and please them. This has happened to a lot of people. I don't know if you read Will Smith's stories?, he was told his work was low quality. I thought he was one of the best writers on hubpages. I haven't lost my desire to write. I just need to write someplace where i am appreciated. Thank you for coming by..


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful story, with a happy ending. Nice to see this side of you Ruby. Just reading your comments above, I have lost interest too, which is why I hardly visit HP, but ofcourse you see me on that other site, which I won't mention. lol.

Take Care. xx


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Ruby;

Just stopping by to say, “Hello,” and to let you know that you are missed. :-)


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Susan Recipes 3 years ago from India

Lovely story. I simply enjoy reading your hubs. Voted up.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Elena, i am so sorry i missed your visit. Thank you for coming. I really didn't find happiness on THAT site. I am back on HP, this is where i feel comfortable and maybe i needed to try writing better stories. I miss your hubs...Cheers my friend..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Genna, i am sorry i missed your comment. Thank you so much for missing me. I am back! This is the site i belong on, just to click for pennies is not my thing. Take care my friend..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Susan, i am thrilled you enjoy reading my stories. Thank you so much.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

Ruby, I just read your comment to Vinaya. I am so sad about this situation. If you've noticed, I have not posted anything regularly either because of similar feelings from last summer when the new changes took place. I just felt tired of chasing after the carrot. Anyhoo...please tell me you will keep in contact with me via email or FB? Thanks. You are too special and a gifted writer not to be seen for who you are.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Denise, I have noticed you were not posting, how sad is that? You put so much into your recipe hubs, videos to boot. What more do they want? Your kind words means so much to me. I am back on HP, i just didn't like clicking for pennies. I write from my heart. I collected a lot of followers, but they were interested in the pennies earned. That is just not me. Please stay in touch. I am not on FB, it took too much of my time. Thank you for coming to visit my page..


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Lisawilliamsj 3 years ago

This is so beautiful! I know so many people that can relate to losing the love of their lives and settling for someone else. Such a happy ending! Thank you for sharing!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Lisa, It's a relatable story for sure. Happy you enjoyed. I love happy endings..Thank you...


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

ahaaaaaaa! i felt something within me like a desire and panic. This story is packed with so much emotion[s] and i wanna cry... I love this...

wonderful!!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Thandi, so sorry i missed your comment. Thank you so much for a wonderful comment. You made my day!

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    Ruby Jean Fuller (always exploring)808 Followers
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    I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.



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