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Enduring Love, fiction short story

Updated on March 27, 2015
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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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Home-sweet-home

Writing contest- Enduring Love

This is my endeavor to the challenge of writng a fiction short story. Suggested by Billybuc. I hope you enjoy my story.

Mary was a little eight year old girl who lived on an old run-down farm in Southern Indiana. She lost her mother two years earlier and spent most of her day's working side-by-side with her father growing and tending watermelons.She only attended school in the wintertime.

She left home just before her eighteenth birthday, to a large city where she hoped to have a better life, have some much needed fun and see the city sites. She was not skilled in any kind of work except farming and cooking for her father. She noticed a sign on a small diner window that read, " Help needed, apply inside. " She was hired immediately. The proprietor noticed she was carrying a suitcase and asked if she needed a place to stay. She told him " yes " and was offered a one room above the diner. She was to open up at five o'clock each morning and close at two P.M.

Mary was a tiny girl with long silky black hair that cascaded down to her waist. She was shy which radiated a gentle kindness. She enjoyed her newly found freedom away from the farm. She went to the movies whenever she could afford it and she loved window shopping. One night she was sitting alone in a theater watching, ' Doctor Zhivago ' when a young man approached, asking, " Do you mind if i sit beside you? " She quickly nodded " Yes " He offered her some of his popcorn from his large container and scurried to buy her a coke. He introduced himself telling her his name was " Charles. " He was handsome with blond curly hair. He was thin but muscular. After the movie he asked if she would go have a coke with him at a little cafe down the street named ' Emerald Wells ' he said that it was his favorite hang-out, everyone was so friendly and the food was great, plus the juke box had the best music in town. They ordered a coke and and was just sitting enjoying the great atomosphere while listening to the juke box playing an Elvis song, ' Kentucky Rain ' He asked her to dance and she happily accepted. She felt warm and secure in his arms, he must have felt the same holding her close with closed eye's. Afterward he walked her back to the diner and lightly kissed her goodnight.

Each day after that night, he came to the diner to see her beautiful smile again.

One afternoon he asked if she would take a ride out in the country with him. He wanted to show her a house he inherited from his grandmother who had passed away a few months ago. Mary was excited to see it. When they drove up to the three story house, she gasped. It was so lovely with blue paint and a beautiful walk-in porch. The sidewalk was lined with striking green shrubbery and a pink flowering tree at the side porch entrance. When he unlocked the door and she stepped inside she was amazed at the uniqueness of the old beautiful furnishings which were vividly colorful and charming, perfect for this type of house. She ran through the house like a child on Christmas morning. Charles smiled at her childlike happiness.

They ventured outside and saw a white shed with double doors and criss cross windows, growing up on the side was a lovely blue climbing, flowering plant on a white trellis. Charles unlocked the door and watched mary's face when she saw the silver Mercedes-Benz for the first time, her eyes shining brightly. He explained the car was part of his inheritance from his grandmother.

They walked around to the back yard and saw a narrow, winding, snake-like river lined with tall graceful trees. He asked her if she liked the house she answered, " Oh yes, I love it. " He smiled, feeling for the first time that he would live here with her and have the family he always dreamed of if she would say, " Yes " to his marriage proposal.

On their way back to town they passed a craft market with people milling around under a white tent. They stopped to look around. Mary soon found a hand painted picture that she adored. Charles bought it for her, it was a picture of a little girl running through a field of clover, he told her that it reminded him of her back on her farm.

It was not long before he proposed and she whispered, " Oh yes, i will. "

They had a beautiful wedding in a lush grassy lot in the back yard near the wonderful winding river. Mary's father attended, plus many of the town neighbors who had known his grandmother well.

They had a happy and productive marriage with two sweet children, a boy Dennis and a girl Kathleen.

They found an old one room church to worship at and as the years passed, their greatest joy was watching the children thrive and grow up happy and contented. They loved to sit by the river in the evening and look at their beloved house, knowing they had made it their home-sweet-home.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Congrats on your entry Ruby, and welcome to the contest. :)

      --RG

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Always what a sweet story. I am sure it flowed from your heart with such ease. It expressed a simple charm, a long forgotten innocence and an elegant grace.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A klovely story for the contest Ruby. Good luck

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      Ushnav Shroff 4 years ago from INDIA

      Although I thought it might have been a little fast, I truly enjoyed the whole story unraveling inside my mind. A joy to read this story definitely! :)

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      kate grady 4 years ago from close to Moffat, Scotland

      A charming little tale.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Happy endings are the best! Enjoyed the this charming story . . . it was well written Ruby and drew me right in. Could've been a real life story and the Carrie Underwood song was a perfect fit. I want my mansion in the county now . . . hee! xo

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, you entered! Hooray! I will read them all at the end of the month. Make sure you send this to me via email so I don't lose it....send it to holland1145@yahoo.com and put contest entry in the subject line.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Randy, Nice to meet you and thank you for coming by. I read your piece and loved it. You are an excellent writer. This is my first time to write from a prompt challenge and i really enjoyed it..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh thank you Mike! I loved trying to put a story together without rhyme, it's difficult. I want to rhyme every line. Ha. I realize that i did not give the male character any kind of job. I guess he was just rich.Hee..Thank's again. When an esteemed writer like you likes my story, i'm a happy camper..Hugs..

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Glad to have made your acquaintance also, Ruby Jean. And this is my first time trying to pen a tale using photo prompts also. It was tougher than I thought it would be. That billybuc sure made it a tough challenge for us but I think it has been an educational experience for us fiction writers. Once again, good luck to you and everyone else! :)

      --RG

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rosemary, Thank you for thinking it is a lovely story. I appreciate you coming by, now, it's time for you to write your entry. I know it will be really good. Take care my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ushnav, Nice to meet you, and yes, i agree it was a little fast. I am not used to writing many fiction stories, i write poetry which is slower and shorter, but i am glad you did enjoy reading it. Thank you for coming by my page...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Kate, So nice to meet you. Happy you thought it was a charming little tale. Thank you so much..Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Fossi, So good to see you, happy you thought it was charming. I loved writing it. I want that house too. I bet you could find all kinds of fossils in the snake-like lake.Hee.. Thank you for your wonderful support my Woodstock Buddy...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill, I surprised you..Hee.. I sent it to you. I am no expert fiction writer, but i loved the challenge Thank you for the oppurunity to try..Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello again Randy, Thank's for coming back. It was difficult writing from prompts and in strict order. I am happy to meet you too. As i told you, you are an excellent fiction writer. Your story about the Vietnam War was so sad but very intense and losing a soulmate is a tear jerker for me..Cheers to you...

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      How sweet. I love happy endings.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Blossom, Thank you. I love happy endings too. Sweet of you to visit my page...Cheers..

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A beautiful story that involves the reader in it. I was waiting for a further complication of some kind, but there is nothing wrong with a seldom-seen happy ending.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello xstatic, Happy endings are so much better to write, there's enough sadness in the world without me adding to it. I am thrilled that it drew you in, that makes me happy. Thank you for telling me..Cheers..

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      always exploring, This was a very sweet story. I was pulling for the two young people the whole time. Thank you for the entertaining story and good luck in the contest. Weaving in and out of photo prompts is a bit challenging, but it does make for an interesting competition. Nicely done.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I needed a sweet story with a happy ending.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Delightful and romantic story Ruby. Enjoyed.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello cam8510, Nice to meet you.I am happy you thought it was a sweet story, and i agree, it was quite a challenge staying with the prompts in strict order, but i enjoyed trying. Thank you for dropping by to read...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martin, I am glad you liked this little tale with a happy ending. Thank you for reading. Cheers...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gypsy, So glad you enjoyed. Thank you..Cheers..

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Ruby,

      Hope and love lives in your words... You have penned a touching story that shows the heart in your writing...

      What a charming Cafe and the music is just so cool! UP and ABI...!

      Good Luck! Hugs, Maria

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar, I thought you might like the little cafe. Hee...Happy you thought it was a touching story. Thank you for taking the time to read out of your hectic schedule. I appreciate you...

      Hugs+

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful entry Ruby and a reminder for me too.

      Have a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      One of those charming bed-time stories - pulling memories of me as a child listening to a story made up and told by my father.

      Hugs to you, Ruby!

      PS: I've tried the link to Billybuc's hub about the contest, but it is no longer published?

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      @MartieCoetser--The link is still there for me, Martie. It is here:

      https://hubpages.com/literature/Writing-Contests-T...

      -RG

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eddy, So happy to hear you are going to write an entry. It is so much fun. Thank you for coming to see me..Cheers my friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martie, The contest is still on until the last of Jan. I see -RG has listed the site above for you. I will be looking for your entry. I know it will be really good. I am thrilled that my little story brought back memories of your father reading to you, how sweet. Thank you for telling me.

      Hugs to you Martie++++

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello -RG, Thank's again. You are so helpful! Thank you kindly..

      Cheers..

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      Ghaelach 4 years ago

      Evening Ruby.

      This reminds me of one of those love Stories from Mills & Boon or Rosamunde Pilcher.

      Mary sure was a lucky girl and found the right man.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ghaelach, Nice to meet you. Thank you for the follow. It is so funny how we all came up with different stories about the old house. It was so much fun. I enjoyed reading yours...Well done and good luck...

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ahhh…Emerald Wells. I loved this charming, touching story, Ruby. :-) Voted up +.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Ruby, this was a sweet and lovely story,

      A little tender and also a little sad.

      But as I read to the end of your tale,

      I was thinking the ending would turn out bad.

      Guess it's just the cynic in me. :)

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love the story, Ruby. You have done a great job here. Thanks for share with us and the beautiful song at the end. Voted up and God bless you :-)

      Prasetio

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna, Oh please write a story. I know it will be good. You could make that old house rock. Emerald Wells, how could you go wrong? Hee..Thank you my friend..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello drbj, You are so used to my sad woes. Hee..Thought i would write a little happy story just to throw you off key..Hee.. Cheers my dear cynic..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello prasetio, So good to see you. Happy you enjoyed the video..Cheers my friend...

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      Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

      What a lovely story Ruby. There nothing is so fulfilling than achieving a life that has a home to belong. Because a home is where the family lives and the family is where GOD is - lucky all people who owns a home sweet home. I love how the story journeyed back. It touched my heart:=). True love endures! Thank you for sharing and goodluck to your entry.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Such a sweet and tender love story. Everything just clicked together so nicely for those two.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      Another lovely story; I've been reading as many as possible to see what variety the photos inspired and it's really interesting. Well done! Ann

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up and Beautiful. It's a sweet story.

      If you write more Mary and Charles stories, maybe you could show them facing and solving and coping with this or that challenge or difficulty or hardship. No need to have them slay monsters or capture robbers. Just whatever problem solving shows their mettle and strength of character in their handling of it. Just an idea.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Tonipet, Oh i do love your comment. It echoes my thoughts so much. The home is the foundation from which all memories evolve. whether happy or sad. Thank you so much. Your input is valuable to this piece.....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello tillsitan, Happy that it clicked for you. Thank you for coming..Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello annart, Nice to meet you. I think we all went off in different directions, funny how that happened. I am thrilled you came to read mine. Thank you for finding it interesting.....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello B. Leekley, I am happy you found it to be a sweet story, your suggestion of more about Mary and Charles is intriguing, possibly i have more to write. your encouragement is heartfelt. Thank you. I see that you are following me. Thank you. I will be over to visit you. Cheers

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Ruby, your beautiful and charming story is so sweet and endearing, a sort of modern day fairy tale with a happily ever after ending. You painted a beautiful picture of their romance, right down to the sharing of the popcorn in the theatre. Now, that is true love. I loved the line "radiated a gentle kindness" about the sweet Mary. Nice entry into the contest and I hope you win!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Peg, Sorry i am late. I am thrilled that you thought this was a charming story. I didn't win but i had fun writing this story. Creative writing is new for me but i'm hoping to learn from writers like you.. Thank you for coming by..Cheers...

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      The story is too good, I loved reading it. Voted up, beautiful and interesting. Sharing across.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello radhikasree, My, thank you for reading so many of my poems, i appreciate you, so happy you enjoyed...Thank you for sharing...

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a sweet story. It draws you in and keeps you involved. Up, beautiful, interesting and all around awesome.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gals, I'm so glad you enjoyed this. Writing fiction is new to me and i love trying it. Thank you...

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      Scarlett Rain 3 years ago from Bakersfield

      Very beautiful. I enjoyed reading this (:

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Scarlett Rain, Happy you enjoyed. Thank you...

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      Hi, this was interesting story...

      I love happy-endings...

      I love it.

      Good job Ma'am!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Thandi, Happy you enjoyed..Thank you..

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wonderful share always exploring. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Susan. Thank you for coming by. Cheers....

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