To Live The Impossible Dream- Flash Fiction

Sammy loved to listen to Vanessa play the piano

Sam stood outside her window wondering what it would feel like to hold a child or a woman in his arms. He'd fantasized nightly watching her play the piano from his window next door.

Sammy wasn't handsome or very smart, just an average guy who'd never caught a break in his entire life.

He'd lived his uneventful life in this small town USA just south of the big city Chicago. He'd never been to Chicago. In fact, he'd never been outside the city limits of this small town, he called a hole-in-the-wall

He lived with his mother who was growing more feeble as she aged. His mother's boyfriend had deserted her after she told him she was pregnant. She was only seventeen.

To say that Sammy was sheltered would be an understatement. His mother walked him to school daily, and she was the first person he saw when class ended. It wasn't that she loved him that much, she knew the whole town gossiped about them and had never been friendly.

The small town had a church on every corner, but not once were they ever invited to come.

Sam had just had his fifty-fourth birthday, and since graduation from high school had sacked groceries at the one grocery store in town. He worked from six AM till three PM seven days a week. If he wasn't home by three fifteen his mother was on the street to see what the delay was.

He'd been having the same dream for several nights. He was at his mother's funeral, and the whole town came to console him, but that's where the confusing part emerged. He wasn't sad. He was glad. Suddenly he could breathe deeply, and he felt free!


He listened as the girl next door played the piano and heard her parents telling her how beautifully she played. They called her Vanessa. She had never spoken to Sammy. In fact, she had never looked his way. She was getting ready to go to the University Of Chicago to study music.

He sure was going to miss her playing at night. He would sit under the apple tree that separated their property, and dream about holding her in his arms until it was time for bed.

One night he heard his mother cry out, " Sammy I need you. " He went to her room. She motioned for him to put a heart pill under her tongue. The bottle was on the night stand just out of reach. He looked at her and saw that her color was grayish and she was having difficulty breathing. He stood transfixed. He couldn't move. He refused to move. Soon she stopped breathing. He knew she was dead. He didn't care. He was glad. Alone at last, never to feel smothered again.

He walked to the police station and told them that his mother had died. He rode with the coroner back to his house. To everyone's surprise she was up sitting in her rocking chair. She said, " Sammy had a scare, but I'm alright as you can see. "

Sam left home that night. He was on his first journey to the big city. He didn't know what he was going to do, but he knew anything would be better than this. Soon a semi slowed and motioned for him to get in.

While clicking off the miles, he started dreaming again, Maybe he would get to listen to Vanessa play the piano again, or maybe he could get a job cleaning the floors at the college where she was studying. Oh, he knew it was an impossible dream, but hadn't he lived on dreams his entire life? One more couldn't hurt, could it?

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Frank Atanacio 5 months ago from Shelton

what a flash of story Always my goodness... as I was reading I was so eagerly awaiting the outcome fantastic fiction my friend :)


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cam8510 5 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Wow, what a life this guy had.... or didn't have. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed the old lady pulled through, but at least Sam is having an adventure.


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clivewilliams 5 months ago from Nibiru

you are getting better and better each day like fine wine. Great story


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Faith Reaper 5 months ago from southern USA

Hi Ruby,

Whenever I see a notification that you've published a flash fiction, I can't wait to read it! Wow, you went to the dark side here a bit, but I can understand poor Sam's state of mind after not really having a life to speak of and finally making a decision to break free. I hope he finds some happiness in this life.

Boy, his mother gives a new meaning to overprotective!

Blessings always


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Ericdierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

This was a real good read Ruby. Next time I think I will whine about my life I will read this.


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always exploring 5 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Frank. Sorry I'm late. We've been having storms with electric outage off and on. This is a flash that really wrote itself. I had no idea where I was going when I started. I decided to make mama the culprit. Glad you came to read. Thank you for the fantastic comment.....


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

There are fewer and fewer people on HP who are commenting these days. If this were four years ago, there would be thirty comments on this fine story. Well, to my way of thinking, it's their loss for not reading this. Well done, Ruby!


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mckbirdbks 5 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ruby - Your story is filled with sadness, painted with shades of gray. Your writing threw the heavy emotions onto the page. Nicely done.


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always exploring 5 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Cam. She just couldn't turn Sammy loose by dying.I knew a woman like her, her daughter left home as soon as she could get on a bus. Thanks for coming by.


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always exploring 5 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Clive. Fine wine, I'll take that as a fine compliment. Thank you...


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Dana Tate 5 months ago from LOS ANGELES

Poor guy, hopefully he can find some joy away from that smothering mother of his.


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always exploring 5 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Theresa. It has been storming here for days and I guess it put me in a dark mood. I'm happy that you look for my stories. Thank you for telling me. Sam might finally find a love away from his overprotective mother. I might meet up with him again? Cheers my friend....


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always exploring 5 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Eric. I guess we're more fortunate than we realize. I think there are a few Sam's out there. I have a feeling he's going to start living in the big city. Thank you...


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always exploring 5 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill. I agree. This piece wasn't listed in my emails from HP. although it is featured. The only place I see it is in the feed. Usually when someone comments I get a notice. I loved the good old days when we had so many followers. I miss them, esp. Epi.. and Eddie. Thank you my faithful friend....


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MizBejabbers 5 months ago

Very good, Ruby. I wonder where Sam will end up. I was kind of expecting his mother to end up a zombie. Surprise ending.


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DDE 5 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A great story and you did get me reading on here. Thank you for another interesting thought on Flash Fiction.


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manatita44 5 months ago from london

Nice, Ruby. he was getting tired and perhaps bored too. So he did the right thing. Perhaps he'll meet 'the girl next door' in Chicago, eh? Dreams come true, don't they. (chuckle) One for your next Flash. Cool story!


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always exploring 5 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike. A little different write for me. Storms and a lot of rain brings out the not so happy endings for me. Maybe Sammy will find some happiness away from mommy. Thanks...


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always exploring 5 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Dana. I have a feeling it's all going to come together for Sam in the big city.. Thank you for coming to read my not so happy story.


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always exploring 5 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello MizJabbers. Sammy's mother needed to learn to turn loose, she couldn't even die. lol. Glad you liked the surprise ending....Thank you..


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always exploring 5 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DDE. Always nice to see you. Happy you enjoyed my story. Thank you..


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always exploring 5 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Manatita. Maybe he will find the perfect girl in the windy city? Let's hope so. Thank you for stopping by....


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marcoujor 5 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Sorry about the weather but you sure do 'dark' very well, dear Ruby.

I'm rooting for Sammy too...and feel he is on the right path now.

Keep cool - love and hugs to you, mar


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Genna East 5 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Oh Ruby -- this is so well written; sad, poignant, meaningful. How many "Sammy's" are in this world? It breaks the heart...this sadness, loneliness, dreams unfulfilled and a life unlived. Beautiful writing.


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always exploring 5 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar. I think our storms are over, thank goodness! Maybe Sam will miss his mother and move her to the big city. Mother's are precious even if they're overprotective. Maybe she's learned a good lesson? Lordy I'm trying to make this story more friendly. LOL. Love and hugs back atcha...


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always exploring 5 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna. I really wanted to highlight the town, so unfriendly and the churches not inviting them to church. I'm sure Sam would've had some friends, and maybe his mother wouldn't have smothered him if she had friends in the church. I'm happy you came to read and thank you so much. Hugs dear friend.


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pstraubie48 4 months ago from sunny Florida

Maybe just maybe all of his dreams will come true one day. Some dreams do, don't they??

Enjoyed reading this from beginning to end

Have a lovely day.

Angels are headed your way ps


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Patricia. Hopefully his dreams will come true when he starts to living. Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed...


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bravewarrior 4 months ago from Central Florida

I guess only the good die young. Sammy must have been mortified to come home and find his mother alive. I guess that's what it took to muster up the gumption to leave home. I hope he finds something else to occupy his mind and dreams. I think his fixation on Vanessa is a bit creepy. He's old enough to be her father.


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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Shauna. Sammy's fixation was not sexual. It was purely loneliness and the fact that he had never held a child or a woman in his arms. He was starved for a friend, and him listening to her play the piano brought him close to another person. It would have been the same if it had been a young boy. Thanks for coming by. I hope I explained the story well enough?

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