Annie's ship returns- Short Story Fiction

" Annie it's time to wake up, breakfast is ready. "

Annie remembers being on fire with wanton desire as she stood by the sea-side, watching her lover, Victor board the ship that would take him far away to a raging war.

The year was 1941. He turned and blew her a kiss into the wind. She held on to it until her hand became so crippled, she had to let it go.

Years passed without a word. She wondered if the ship went down at sea, or did he die from artillery fire, his body buried at sea?

The years passed. She never missed a day walking down to the sea-side. With age came the crippling rheumatoid arthritis. Walking became almost impossible without the hand walker.

She turned and walked back up the winding hill to a place she'd lived the past five years, The Rest Haven Manor nursing home.

She waited patiently for her nightly medication that allowed her to return to a time before the war.

Victor was her only lover. They talked about marriage but decided to wait until the war was over. In her dream they were together chasing each other on the beach, building sand castles in the sand. Their nights were full of passionate kisses and ecstasy.

" Annie time to wake up, breakfast is ready. " She reluctantly let the aide help her get dressed for another boring day. After breakfast she walked down the hill to feel the sea-breeze on her wrinkled face.

She heard her name " Annie " She saw a ship in the distance and Victor was holding out his arm's and smiling. He looked exactly the same, young and so handsome. She started walking toward him. She looked down at her hand's holding the walker. They were young and beautiful. His ring on her third finger, left hand sparkled from the glow of the sun. She hadn't worn it for years because of painful swelling, He reached out and held her in his arms. They were together again. Time had stood still.

The evening news reported, " Annie Mc Daniels a ninety year old resident of The Rest Haven Manor nursing home apparently drowned. Her walker found floating at sea-edge. Attempts to locate the body, unsuccessful. What a tragedy!

Or was it?

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Ericdierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Victor took her home again. Beautiful, simply beautiful.


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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Eric. A story full of fantasy, I'm thrilled you thought it was beautiful. Your comment makes me happy. Thank you...


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Ericdierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Ruby -- just look at the love. Now your comment makes me happy. What a cool world.


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clivewilliams 9 months ago from Nibiru

nice little romance there


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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

I agree Eric. We do live in a cool world where friends reach out across the universe to support friends. Isn't this a great community of writers? Much love and respect my preacher friend.


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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Clive. Am I a hopeless romantic or not? LOL... So glad to see you.


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mckbirdbks 9 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

What a nice love story. Anne and Victor together again. She waited by the seaside for his return. You are a romantic.


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cam8510 9 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

A sweet story, Ruby. Ninety years old? Yeah, that's the way to go. Well done Ruby.


DDE 9 months ago

A beautifully written story and I admire good work such as yours.


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Frank Atanacio 9 months ago from Shelton

a wonderful different piece of fiction Always.. yeah I enjoyed it..:)


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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

What can I say? Mike, I'm a total romantic. Love is what it's all about. Annie grew old but her heart remained with Victor. Thank you...


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MizBejabbers 9 months ago

It is absolute beauty and very heart-stirring. There is beauty in death when one's soulmate beckons to take you home.


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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Cam. I'm glad you thought this story was well done. Thank you much...


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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DDE. I'm thrilled that you enjoy my stories. Thank you..


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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thanks Frank. I had a ball writing this piece of fiction. I'm wondering if I should have categorized it as flash fiction?


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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Miz Bejabbers. I love your comment. " Beauty in death when one's soulmate beckons to take you home. " Beautiful! Thank you...


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Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago

Ruby, what a way to go, you know that I love Buck Owens - thank you for his song I love together again.

This is a beautiful love story.

Blessings to you my gem of a friend.


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billybuc 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

Ruby, you are a hopeless romantic, and that's just one reason why we all love you. Keep them coming, my friend, and I'll keep basking in their glow and warmth.


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BlossomSB 9 months ago from Victoria, Australia

What a delightful little story! Thanks for sharing.


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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Shyron, I'm happy to learn that you love Buck. I do too. And glad you liked my love story. Thank you..


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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Bill, I will admit that I am a hopeless romantic. Thank you for such a sweet comment. Thank you...


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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you for your delightful comment Blosson...Happy to share.


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marcoujor 9 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Ruby,

I agree the hopeful and romantic style of your writing is 'like a breath of fresh air' in a world filled with...well, the opposite many a time...

You have crafted a dream come true in this sweet story - always weaving your nursing through your lines for credibility.

Love this and you too, mar


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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar. Only another nurse would notice the weaving of the dreaded ailments that so many of the elderly have to contend with. Your comments are ' like a breath of fresh air ' to ' me ' soul. Thank you and I love you too..


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MartieCoetser 9 months ago from South Africa

Oh, how sad! Or is it? Oh, the poor woman. 90 years on this planet, spending almost all of it longing for one man? You managed to provoke an assortment of emotions with this story, dear Ruby!


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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martie, I am glad you felt emotional reading this. I loved writing it. Thanks dear friend...


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Gypsy Rose Lee 9 months ago from Riga, Latvia

No tragedy. Lovely and romantic story. As they say journeys end in lovers meeting.


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shprd74 9 months ago from Bangalore

Ruby,

Wait is a sweet poison.

Excellent short and lovely story.

- hari


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always exploring 8 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Rasma. I agree with your comment. Loved it. Thank you..


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always exploring 8 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Hari, " Wait is a sweet poison " Beautiful!! Thank you my friend...


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Nell Rose 8 months ago from England

How beautiful! I am so glad they were reunited! lovely story Ruby.


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always exploring 8 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Nell. Thank you for the lovely story comment. I am so glad you enjoyed. Thank you...


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manatita44 8 months ago from london

Beautifully done! Well, a great way to go. Holding on to hope and a brief promise towards the end. Nice ending.


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always exploring 8 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello manatita. So glad you enjoyed my fantasy tale of lost and found love. Thank you...


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Faith Reaper 8 months ago from southern USA

Aw, I so glad I found this one, as I missed it when you first published it!

What a lovely story with a happy ending in my book, Ruby. Well, she never gave up hope for her love to return for her and he did!

Wonderful read.


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always exploring 8 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Theresa. I guess when you truly love someone you will wait a lifetime. So happy you enjoyed. Hugs...


Tammy 8 months ago

Oh Ruby that was a beautiful story! Love the ending


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always exploring 8 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Tammy. Thank you for the beautiful comment. This story is on the fantasy side, but I loved writing it. Love and hugs..


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bravewarrior 8 months ago from Central Florida

Wow, Ruby! What a love story! You've left plenty to the imagination in this wonderful tale. Just enough to tease but not so much that more words are needed.

Great story!


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always exploring 8 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Shauna, your critique of my story is wonderful! Thank you. I love writing the unexpected ending. My preference is reading short stories. I can't imagine reading a book anymore. My attention span has certainly shortened since writing on HP. Thanks again.....


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ABCKamran 6 months ago from Pakistan

Touching story with a touching ending!


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always exploring 6 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello ABCKamran, happy you thought this far-out fiction was touching. Thank you...

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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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