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Can You Ever Go Back? - Another Chapter to add to Story Without an End by Jodah.

Updated on June 15, 2020

A new chapter

Another short fictional add on, to continue Jodah's "Story Without an End." I have written another scenario to the saga to add to the story that John Hanson started..... Here it is John! (a.k.a. as Jodah).

The begining

Jodah (John) began this story where Rick had phoned Susan and talked her ear off not leaving her a chance to get a word in. He told her that he had not gotten in touch with her for a few years because he had been receiving help from someone at AA. He told her that he had kicked the drinking habit and now he wanted to get back with her the way that it was before, except that he is no longer drinking.

Can you ever go back?

Rick dropped Susan and her daughter off at their home

He said he had some unfinished business to do

And would call her when he was through

To see if they were starting anew

But Susan was torn

After the storm

Philip is the one who came to their rescue

While Rick only look dazed, for an hour or two


Do you miss him too?

How did he know she would be at that café?

Had he followed her there

Did Philip really care?

Or was he being unfair?

When will we see daddy?

Courtney's little girl voice cut through her thoughts

I don't know Susan answered

Why Mommy, what did we do?

Why are you crying?

Do you miss him too?

Yes, sweetheart I do

But you father wants to get back together with me and you

Courtney's voice began to quiver

But, daddy loves me

And that father don't like me

I don't think he likes you

It is late sweetheart Susan said

We will talk about this tomorrow

As she planted a kiss on top of Courtney's head,

And tucked her into bed

Who would win and who would lose

Was she hoping Rick had changed?

And thinking she would take him back

But was she just losing Philip instead?

And when her phone rang, it filled her with dread

Are you alone, we need to talk? Phillip said

Yes, I know Susan replied

But, I was just getting ready for bed

We really do need to talk! Again Philip said

Reluctantly, Susan agreed

Phillip drove to Susan's home

Oh so glad except for Courtney

She was alone

Phillip smiled a little sadly

He said I'll get right to the point

I didn't know that was Rick

When I walked into the joint

I was afraid to tell you about Rick

Afraid with him a fight you'd pick

Afraid you would be jealous

And demand I not meet with him

I just thought he should get to know his daughter

And she should get to know him

But he wants us to get back together

To start our life again

I can't believe you followed me, Susan said.

I did not follow you; I went to get a hair cut

Then through a window saw the woman that I planned to wed

Out with another man instead

Sheepishly Susan bowed her head

When she realized how it must have looked to him

Cafés don't have barbers

Or was that your barber you brought in with you

Now it was Philip's turn to have a sheepish grin

I just met her outside

Susan asked, so you wanted to shock your fiancé

That is why you brought her inside?

I sort of knew her from high school

But she was dating the captain of the football team

Then you came along and that ended that dream.

Soon Susan and Philip were locked in a warm embrace

And she knew Rick could never take Phillip's place

Drawing by Shyron Shenko

Pencil and crayon drawing of a friend
Pencil and crayon drawing of a friend | Source

I thought you were gone!

Two towns away

Rick walked in the door

Of the home where he had been living

From three years before

Jackie asked Rick, where have you been?

For three years we've not been apart

And when I needed you the most

You are breaking my heart

I thought you wanted me to leave

That is what you have been telling me

I want you to get a job and stop drinking

That is all I have been thinking

When I came home from the doctor

I found I was alone

And I thought you had left me

I thought you were gone

He lifted her chin to look into her eyes

Which from crying were swollen half shut?

And he felt as if he had been punched in the gut

He whispered I am sorry; I will do what I must

Just tell me what is wrong............

Jackie's story to be written... part fact and part fiction.

Story Without an End

Jodah's Story

No Love At All!

© 2014 Shyron E Shenko


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    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      8 weeks ago from North Texas

      I think one of the reasons we can never go back if we have been away very long, perhaps the main reason, is because the place we left, like all places doesn't stay the same. Change happens everywhere all the time and if it's been long since we left a particular place, it will have changed and no longer be the place we left. It may even not be recognizable. Beyond that, different people have likely moved in while others moved out and after fewer years than you might think, everything has changed and it is no longer the place we left.

      Have heard Covid is coming back still again. Wonder how many times we are going to have to start all over again because some people just won't wait until it's all but over. They give up a couple of months too early and then it all starts over again. As things are ramping up again, I wonder if we'll ever get rid of it. For sure we won't until everyone (EVERYONE) does what they're supposed to until it's finally beaten.

      Posting this on FB & AH.

      Blessings, dear friend. Hope you and your family and both your Walters are well and staying safe.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Like others, I have entered this story seemingly in the middle. The story seems sad for many reasons. I hope that you are fairing well in the middle of this pandemic. Stay safe! Vaccines are slowly being rolled out, and hopefully, will be much faster in the months ahead.

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      C E Clark 

      4 months ago from North Texas

      Hope everyone will read this great story. It is worth the time. Then one can consider how life changes every day and before long we are far from where we started with no chance of ever going back except perhaps in our own memories.

      Posting this on FB & AH.

      Stay well and safe as this pandemic gets worse by the day. Blessings to you and your family that all will come out well on the other side of this horrible virus.

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      C E Clark 

      14 months ago from North Texas

      After much thought, I doubt we will ever be able to go back to what was once normal. After this pandemic, I think our country and the world will never be quite the same. The pandemic has changed so many things and before that, Trump changed so much. While once we were respected around the world, now we are the laughing stock of the world.

      Posting this to FB & AH.

      Things are likely to get worse before they're better in regard to the pandemic. Stay safe. Blessings dear friend . . .

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      16 months ago from North Texas

      Will we ever have the opportunity to go back? If we do get that opportunity to go back, how long will it take to rebuild this country's reputation and again earn the esteem of the world that we had before Trump? Longer than yours or my lifetime's, I'd wager.

      Posting this to FB & AH.

      Be safe and well, dear friend. Wishing you many blessings as always . . .

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      C E Clark 

      2 years ago from North Texas

      Frankly, where my own life is concerned, I wouldn't want to go back to any particular point. Jacqueline Susann wrote the book, "Once Is Not Enough," but I beg to differ. From my perspective once is enough, especially if you consider all the stuff that goes along with whatever the major happening was at any given time in the past. I just want it to be over.

      Hope all is well with you dear friend. Blessings . . .

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      C E Clark 

      2 years ago from North Texas

      My concern now is whether we can ever go back to being a civilized country that does NOT cram little children, toddlers, and babies into animal cages just because they had poor judgment in choosing their parents and often more importantly, the location where they would make their debut in this world. Often the parents are seeking asylum for themselves and their children from horrendous conditions whence they came. Our constitution makes allowance for that, but for all their stomping their feet a few years ago demanding to go back to the constitution, these days conservatives are using the constitution only for a door mat.

      So I wonder frequently if the U.S. will ever be the leader it once was, and offer the freedom to the people who live here that it once did. Instead of trying to turn this place into Russia II, I should think it would make more sense to just move to Russia where one who likes that sort of regime can begin enjoying its fruits immediately.

      Do hope all is well with you. Blessings and hugs dear friend . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Bits and pieces of this story are true, can you figure out what is true?

      I did the drawing of a friend I knew many years ago, we have lost touch and I hope that she may see this and get in touch again.

      My friend where ever you are I hope you are well and happy.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for your comment and for sharing. It is like the idiom: "You cannot step in the same river twice" because the river is ever changing and never the same.

      Thank you for the blessings and hugs. I hope you are someplace cool and not in the unrelenting heat.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Agree that it is hard to go back, and sometimes impossible, because as you say everything has changed, and so the place you come back to is not the place you left. The place you left is gone forever. Sharing.

      Hugs and blessings dear friend, to both you and John. Hope you could enjoy this pretty day as tomorrow we are into the 80s for the foreseeable future, rain or no rain. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments, compliments and sharing this. No you can't ever go back. Things would never be the same. But, would you want things to be the same? Especially if you moved on because of the way things were.

      Blessings and Hugs my friend.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to share this story again. Those people who may have missed it should be sure to read it as it's so interesting and well done. An interesting question, can you ever go back?

      Hugs and many blessings . . .

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, compliment and sharing.

      I know what you mean about how things change, like the saying: Man's mind stretched by an idea, never goes back to it's original shape.

      I hope all is well with you.

      Blessings and hugs, take care of you my dear friend.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      So much talent both in writing, especially poetry (which I think is hard) and drawing.

      I don't think a person can ever really go back. Even if all they have done is learn something new, they have become a different person and can't unlearn the new information or change the affect it has on them -- except maybe by learning even more new information.

      When I visited the farm where I grew up back in 1995 after not having been there for 15 years, it was a completely different place, unrecognizable.

      Everything is constantly changing and that includes ourselves. Thought I would share this story again in case there are some people out there who haven't read it yet.

      Hope all is well with you guys. Blessings and hugs. Take care . . .

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Audrey, I really appreciate you and I thank you for stopping by and for sharing my story and thank for the compliment on my drawing.

      I don't think I met you either, but we can remedy that, I will be reading your profile and stories also.

      Blessings to you also.

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      Audrey Selig 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Shyron - This is the first installment I read. The story is filled with drama and emotion and very real. I like the idea of the continuing story. The drawing drew me in with its brightness, and your talent shone. I think I have not met you and will visit your profile. It has been a pleasure to stop by in the middle of a good story. Sharing, Blessings, Audrey

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Lyns, thank you for the compliment, comment and thumbs up. I really appreciate you.


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      Lynn Jones 

      6 years ago from USA

      Great writing and realistic points, I love your writing style keep up the good work. Very nice art work love it, you have great talents Voted up lyns 6/28/2014

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Jaye, thank you so much for reading my article, I am so pleased that you enjoyed it.

      My drawings! Thank you for the compliment, most of them I gave away to friends and family that I drew them for, but I will try to find time to do some new ones.

      And thank you for voting the up and sharing.

      You are a dear friend and I appreciate you.

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      Jaye Denman 

      7 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I enjoyed this, Shyron. So many times in real life situations, misperceptions such as those experienced by Susan and Philip cause relationship problems. I think your take on this story highlighted the importance of communication between people who care for each other.

      By the way, you are a good artist and should use more of your drawings and/or paintings to illustrate your hubs.

      Rated Up+++ and shared


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      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Word55, I appreciate you and your comments.

      Blessings friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, no one will ever know what is real and what part is not (except you, because of knowing you and my telling you about everything, unless I forgot some of it.)

      Thank you for the votes, comments, pin and sharing.

      Blessings my friend.

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      Al Wordlaw 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Um, very entertaining. Yes, that's life unfortunately Au fait, Shyron, great art (pretty eyes and hair in portrait my dear) with story continuation and Jodah, wonderful and excellent story line to start.

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      C E Clark 

      7 years ago from North Texas

      Seems very realistic to life which is often a rocky road. Interesting continuation and I look forward to what's next . . .

      Voted up and interesting. Excellent drawing as always. That gets an awesome. Pinned to AH and shared.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Ruby, don't worry about typos, especially in comments, it is so easy to hit the reply and it is sent, before you can think what you meant.

      Blessing to you my dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Bill my friend, I am so glad you found this refreshing. Thank you for the comment and compliment.

      Blessings my dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Ruby, thank you, I am glad you writing in rhyme, that is how I think most of the time. Jackie? We will see.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Devika, for the compliment, comment and for reading my work.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Jodah, thank you for the compliments, comments, votes and most of all thank for being my friend.

      Hopefully Jackie's Story will be published today. I hope it is not too boring.

      Blessings my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I meant to type Jackie and i wanted to comment on your drawing, very good. I envy anyone who can draw/paint. Cheers..

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This really is well done. You employ a method not often seen in writing, and it is refreshing. Very nice work my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love the way you write a story in rhyming fashion. Hummm, seems Rick has been doing more than going to AA. Poor Jachie, i feel she's in for a rocky ride....

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Hi Kevin, Rick had been living with Jackie from the time that he and Susan parted ways. Did Rick really go to AA or did he just live with Jackie?

      Hi Kevin, thank you for commenting, voting this up, sharing and pinning.

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      John Hansen 

      7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great work Shyron. I love your take on the story and how you wrote it in poetic for. Great drawing as well. I now need to find out more about voted up.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like the drawing and you certainly know how to keep me reading on. A unique hub with many different aspects of life.

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      The Examiner-1 

      7 years ago

      Different one Shyron but you hardly mentioned Jackie. Did Rick live with her until he went to AA and he has not seen her since? The story does not seem finished yet. I voted it up, shared it and pinned it.



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