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Updated on April 14, 2019
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Woman Grieving

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Heartfelt Reunion

This story is in response to Ann Carr’s challenge several months ago.

John walked up to the front door and rang the bell. There was no answer, so he walked around to the back, enjoying the warm and sunny spring day. In the back garden was his petite aunt sitting standing with her head in her hands.

He hurried up to the porch and said, “Aunt Judy, Are you okay?”

She looked up with tears in her eyes and said, “Oh John, It is so good to see you.”

“Aunt Judy, what’s wrong?” John looked at the dark circles under her hazel colored eyes, and he noted her light brown hair pulled back from her face was streaked with more gray.

He sat for a minute waiting for his aunt to speak. She was the aunt he stayed with in the summers as a child and now, the only relative he had left.

As a marine he had survived 3 tours in Afghanistan and wondered how he was sitting here when both of his parents died in an automobile accident last year while traveling to Florida.

Aunt Judy looked at John, who was 6’ tall, broad shouldered with dark blond hair in a typical military haircut. She said, “John, do you realize I haven’t heard from Jason in 2 years.”

“No, you told me you worried that Jason was getting into drugs when he was in college.” John closed his blue eyes for a moment and wondered what was coming next.

Aunt Judy continued, “Jason was in his senior year, getting a degree in computer technology when he dropped out of college. He came home for a while, but I was mad at him because he dropped out when he was so close to graduation.”

John said, “I can understand why you think he could be in some kind of trouble. So, he just packed up and left?”

Sharing the News

Yes, and I have no idea where, plus he hasn’t called just to let me know he is okay. I wish I could change that last conversation we had.”

John was wondering what he should say to help. “Aunt Judy, what can I do to help?” John’s eyes teared up as he said, “I will do anything for you. Just tell me what I need to do.”

His aunt looked up and said, “Would you see if you can find Jason? I will give you the names of some of his friends and maybe someone will know what had happened to him.”

“Sure, I can do that, but why are you feeling so upset now?”

Aunt Judy’s eyes teared up again, “John, I have pancreatic cancer, and I only have from 3-6 months to live.”

John’s shoulders slumped as he finally said, “Oh Aunt Sally, I am so sorry.” Then John lifted his head and looked into his aunt’s eyes with tears running down his cheeks also.

Computer Skills

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First Step to Find Jason

He left the house about an hour later with a list of the names of Jason’s friends with their phone numbers. As he got into his car he called his friend, Sean, a friend who was a whiz kid on the computer.

He headed to Sean’s house, and they sat in Sean’s office looking at a large array of computer equipment. “This is impressive Sean; it so much more then you had in high school.”

“Well John, this business pays well,” said Sean with a big smile that revealed his dimples and perfect teeth.

Sean said, “First, we will search social media for Jason, then his friends. If that doesn’t turn up any leads, I can hack the database of criminal justice to see if Jason has had any run-ins with the law.”

“Sounds good,” said John.

About an hour and half later Sean said, “I don’t know where Jason is, but his friend Matt had some communication with Jason a couple months ago. He was picked up a year ago for a minor drug offense, but he got off with a fine.”

“Thanks so much, Sean,” John said as he walked out of the door.

Interviews with Jason's Friends

He arrived at the apartment where Matt lived, and rang the bell. A tall man with tattoos up and down both arms, and with long brown hair answered.

“Are you Matt?”

“Yea, what do you want? Can I talk to you for a few minutes about your friend Jason?”

“Yea, I guess. Come on in. Are you related to Jason?,” asked Matt.

John followed Matt’s lanky body into the messy living room. “Yes, can we sit down here in your living room?”

“Sure, what do you want man?”

“I want to find Jason or at least know if he is okay.”

“Yea, I guess.”

“Come on Matt, where is Jason. Is he okay or is he strung out on drugs?”

“No, He got straight about 6 months ago. He said he was going to join the U.S. Marines a couple months back, but I don’t know if he did.”

John looked surprised and said, “Really?”

“Yea, that’s what he said.”

“What caused him to get straight?”

“Oh, I don’t know. He told me his girlfriend, Wendy, broke up with him. Man, he was messed up. He said he knew he was wasting his life and wanted to do something good.”

“Where was he living at the time you talked to him?”

Matt said, “He was living with Wendy, but she kicked him out; then, I don’t know.” They talked a few more minutes.

“Okay Matt, thanks for the information.”

John walked out and and got into his car. He pondered the talk with Matt, and he decided to try to talk with this Wendy. Matt said she worked at the Bounty Diner.

He only knew to look for a petite, long-haired blond. He hoped she was wearing a name tag if she was working. He walked up to the door, scanning the people in the diner. He saw a petite blond with long hair in a ponytail talking with a customer.

John walked in and sat at the counter where he was greeted by a different, but friendly waitress. John greeting the waitress and said “I’ll have a cup of black coffee.“

When the coffee arrived John said, “Thank you. Would you ask Wendy if she has a few minutes I would like to speak with her?”

“Sure thing.”

Wendy walked toward him about 10 minutes later with a suspicious look on her face. “What do you what?” she said in a soft, tight voice.

John looked her in eye and said, “I need some information about Jason. I am a relative and home on leave for a short time.”

“I haven’t seen Jason lately,” Wendy replied.

“Do you know how to get in touch with him?”

“I have his phone number if it hasn’t changed. We broke up, so I don’t know much.”

John said, “Okay, but can you tell me what happened before you broke up?”

Wendy faced the floor and paused. “I have work to do and don’t have time for this.”

“I don’t want to take much of your time. Could you tell me if he is using drugs?”

“He really liked to party, and yes, he used drugs, mostly pot. I broke up with him about 6 months ago because he wanted to party all the time. I just couldn’t take it.”

John, in a more sympathetic voice, said, “I can understand that. Is there any chance he joined the military?”

“I’m not sure, but he did talk about joining the U.S. Marines,” she said in a mocking voice.

“Listen, that’s all I know, and I have to get back to work.” She handed him a paper with a phone number. “Sure thing. Thank you.” John put some money on the counter and left. Once in his car he called the number, but got no answer. Next, he called Sean.

“Can you find out if Jason Andrew Donaldson has joined the Marines in the past 3-4 months?”

“Sure, I’ll call you when I have something,”

U.S. Marines

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Good News

John was in his apartment when the phone rang.

Sean said, “I have good news for you.”

John replied, “ I sure appreciate all your help.”

“Anytime man, anytime,” said Sean.

John had an idea and headed back to Aunt Judy’s house.

The door opened immediate after his knock. Aunt Judy looked at John with a questioning look.

John came in smiling and gave his aunt a big hug. “Aunt Judy, I believe Jason is doing fine. He will graduate from 13 weeks of basic training in the U.S. Marines on Friday.”

“Oh my gosh, you can’t do drugs when you are in basic training for the Marines, can you?” Aunt Judy said while dancing with glee.

John laughed and told his aunt what he found out. “You don’t have time to do anything but survive in those 13 weeks. Aunt Judy, let’s go to that graduation on Friday. It is not that far away. Do you feel well enough to go if I drive?”

“Absolutely! I want to set things right with Jason. I am proud of him.”

John sat down with a grin on his face. “Have your clothes packed in the morning, and we will head out.”

Aunt Judy was still smiling when John left her house a few hours later, anticipating the long overdue reunion with her son.

Celine Dion "Beautiful Boy"

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Pamela Oglesby

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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    39 hours ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Ms. Dora, I am so glad you enjoyed the story. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Dora Weithers 

    42 hours ago from The Caribbean

    Pam, I was holding my breath waiting to hear what happened to Jason. What a good reason to exhale! I love stories like this one which gives a a good feeling!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 days ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Lorna, Thank you so much for your kind comments. I plan to write more fictional articles, thanks.

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    Lorna Lamon 

    2 days ago

    Hi Pamela - you certainly have a gift for writing - I really enjoyed this short narrative and loved the happy ending. Looking forward to reading more.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 days ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Clive, I'm glad you likrd the story. Thanks for commenting.

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    Clive Williams 

    3 days ago from Jamaica

    mmmm...very nice...more please

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 days ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi again Eric, I know of no Oglesbys in AZ.

    I am blessed to have some great friends on Hubpages and from all over the world. I appreciate your friendship immensely, and I love reading your articles that are primarily about love as they give me great pleasure. You spread your love everwhere Eric, so all can see.

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    Eric Dierker 

    3 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    I have been meaning to ask you. Did you have kin near flagstaff AZ I used to ride a bit on the Babbit Ranch with an Oglesby.

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    Eric Dierker 

    3 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Young lady I am still following this. Good on you. And by the way you have the greatest friends.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 days ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Linda, I think I might be blushing from your kind comments. I like to write fiction, but I guess I have not been confident about my abilities. You have certainly brightened my day. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 days ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Ruby, Thank you for your kind words. I am so glad you like the story.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 days ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Pop, I thought that this was a story that could happen, and I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 days ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Bill, You are right about needing more happy endings in this world. I appreciate your comments.

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    Linda Lum 

    3 days ago from Washington State, USA

    Pamela, we need more stories with happy endings. Thank you for this. The characters came to life with your words and their dialogue flowed like a true conversation. I hope you will find the time to share more of your talent with us.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    3 days ago from Southern Illinois

    This was a great story, written so well. I love happy endings.

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    breakfastpop 

    3 days ago

    This was a great story, and one that occurs more often than most people realize. The happy ending felt so good.

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    Bill Holland 

    3 days ago from Olympia, WA

    Well done, Pamela! I'm a sucker for a happy ending. We need more in this world today.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 days ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Nell, I have to have a happy ending. Right? Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Nell Rose 

    3 days ago from England

    What a great story and response to the challenge. I loved the happy ending.

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    Miebakagh Fiberesima 

    4 days ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

    I like every comment from the various authors.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 days ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi John, I very much appreciate your kind comments about my story.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 days ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Liz, I am so glad your liked the story, and your comments are much appreciated.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 days ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Eric, I am always glad to hear from you, and I think this story reflects love on different levels, or that was my goal. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 days ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Lora, I am so glad you enjoyed the story, and I apreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 days ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Elijah, The way I ended the story lets you assume that a loving mothere might repair this relationship. I can certainly see where a second chapter or a more elaborate ending that describes their meetings would be easy to srite. The challenge from Ann Carr said to write 500 to 1,000 words and I was over that amount already.

    I appreciate your constructive criticism, and thank you for reading.

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    John Hansen 

    4 days ago from Queensland Australia

    What a lovely story with a happy ending. I enjoyed reading this Pamela. A good response to Ann's challenge.

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    Miebakagh Fiberesima 

    4 days ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

    Hello, Pamela, I have not to notice that you can write such a lovely story that flows with ease from the beginning to the end. This story has leads and pointers for today like searching social media for missing friends and relations. You did a remarkable article. Thanks for sharing.

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    Liz Westwood 

    4 days ago from UK

    This is a very well-written story. It kept me hooked until the end.

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    Eric Dierker 

    4 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Fighter Town we are all service men and women. I did a stint as a Lt. Jag boy. I defended astray servicemen. Not a one did not return to service. What an honor to serve.

    Let us be in love today.

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    Lora Hollings 

    4 days ago

    A very nice story with a happy ending! I'm so glad that Jason was found and managed to get off drugs. His life now taking a much more positive direction. It is nice to see a family reunited and a relative who took the time to find out about what happened to this young man. A good story on many levels! I enjoyed it. Thank you, Pamela.

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    Elijah A Alexander Jr 

    4 days ago from Washington DC

    This has to have more coming, Pamela, you are not supposed to leave anyone having unless you have other parts to follow. I didn't see "to be continued."

    I enjoyed the read, thank you for it.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 days ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Flourish, Thank you so much for your comments. I will check out the nIames as I did make a change after I started writing and thought I corrected them all. I am glad to hear you thought I was realistic with the conversations Thanks.

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    FlourishAnyway 

    4 days ago from USA

    It was nice to see a happy ending. You write realistically, with the conversation flowing well and the descriptions vivid. I did notice a name issue with Aunt Sally and Judy, I think? Nicely done!

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