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Reunited-Flash fiction-My response to a challenge from Chris Mills AKA Cam

Updated on September 7, 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.

After being abandoned by his mother and father because of blindness Anthoney found happiness helping others.

Reunited- Flash Fiction Drama. My response to a challenge from Chris Mills-AKA Cam

His stipulations were

1000 words

Genre : Drama

Location : Coffee shop

Object : Walking cane

Anthoney, a young black man who makes his living working as a licensed massager. He is tall, muscular and handsome. He wears shades to hide his drooping eyelids.

He was born blind in a rural area in Missouri. His father refused to hold him or even look at him because of his blindness. He soon left the family leaving no forwarding address.

When Anthoney was six months old his mother confessed to her mother that she was finding it more difficult daily to care for him. His grandmother, Elsie loved him and took him without any hesitation. His mother moved out of the rural area to a city. She only saw Anthoney a few times yearly.

As he grew into childhood his grandmother knew he needed more than she could provide. She contacted a school for the blind in St. Louis, Mo.

Leaving home for the first time

He was six years old when he kissed his grandmother good-bye and took his first ride to his new school, an adventure that changed his life forever.

He learned to read braille. He learned to use a white cane to get around. He also learned to love everyone. Skin color had no meaning. The school welcomed all and segregation was unthinkable.

LEAVING THE BLIND SCHOOL TO LEARN A PROFESSION

When he reached eighteen he entered a school that taught the healing power of massaging.

He rented a small two bedroom apartment, purchased a massage table and advertised his service in the local newspaper. A Chiropractor called him and offered him a position three days a week. He soon began seeing patients in his home as well.

One day he received a call from a young lady named Linda. She told him she was an attorney her job was stressful causing painful neck and shoulders.

Finding love

When Anthoney first touched her neck he felt a stirring in his heart. As he applied mint lotion to her shoulders and arms he felt excitement building. He had never felt anything like this before. When he finished the session he asked her if she felt better? Her reply thrilled him. " Oh yes I feel much better you have relieved the stiffness and soreness in my neck and shoulders wonderfully."

Linda was petite with short curly brown hair. She had a beautiful smile with dark brown eyes. Anthoney knew she was beautiful when he touched her face, massaging her forehead.

She became a regular coming once a week for treatment. They became fast friends quickly. Linda asked him if he would like to go out for coffee sometime. Anthoney smiled and said, " Yes I would but only if you will be driving. " They laughed at the prospect of Anthoney driving blind. She told him that she would pick him up next Saturday at seven o'clock. He felt lighthearted all week as he massaged his patients. He loved his work. Saturday evening arrived and when he heard her horn honk he quickly picked up his cane happily tapping his way to her awaiting car.

Having coffee in a quaint little coffee shop

They located a quaint little coffee shop downtown. He reminded Linda that coffee tasted better with pecan pie. They were busy enjoying the pie and coffee as they were getting better acquainted.

An attempted robbery

Due to Anthoney's blindness he had acquired a keen, increased hearing ability. He heard a gun click before a man's voice said, " This is a holdup. Empty the cash register in this bag." There were only a half dozen people in the coffee shop. They all sat quietly in their seats. Anthoney knew the robber was intent on robbing the shop by his demanding voice.

Anthoney carried a special phone that displayed images without speaking. He pushed the button. The police could see the coffee shop and all activities going on. Just as the robber was exiting the shop he heard a stern voice say, " Drop the bag and gun raise both hands. " He was quickly surrounded by policemen. One police officer entered the shop and recognized Anthoney from the phone call. He went over to him and shook his hand. soon the local news media arrived and filmed the police taking the handcuffed robber to jail.

The interview

Anthoney and Linda were leaving when they were stopped for an interview. The entire event was viewed on the evening news and Anthoney was dubbed a hero.

His business expanded. Soon requiring additional staff to help with the increased patients.

They continued seeing each other and was content with their relationship. It seemed they enjoyed much of the same activities. They especially loved listening to music together.

The coffee shop robbery became viral.

Anthoney's father returns

One evening Anthoney's father was sitting in a bar in Chicago when he saw his son on T.V. He was amazed that his blind son had achieved recognition for bravery.

He drove four hundred miles to see him. When he knocked on his door he was welcomed thinking he was a scheduled patient. he held Anthoney's hands and told him that he was his father. Anthoney was shocked but soon regained his composure. His father asked for forgiveness. He sensed sadness in his father's voice. All the unhappy childhood thoughts rolled away from his heart. He wrapped his arms around him and told him that he was happy to see him and happy to have him back in his life.

Anthoney's thoughts returned to his mother. " Wouldn't it be wonderful if they all were together again? " Grandmother Elsie was growing old and was in poor health."

He suddenly felt strong and knew the time was right for healing and family togetherness again.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Sujava. I'm happy you liked my story. Thank you.

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      nice story

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Chris. Not to worry! I knew you were out of town traveling with your work because you were not posting anything. You always make me feel proud when you like my stories. Thank you so much for the privilege of writing one more of your challenges..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey. I'm so happy that my story touched you What more could I ask for? Thank you..

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Ruby, First allow me to apologize for getting to your story so long after it was posted. I left Oregon on Saturday and drove 2300 miles over the following three days. I'm afraid I missed your story when you first posted it. I am sorry for that.

      I can see in your story how hard you worked to keep it focused on Anthoney's growth and progress through life. He was an overcomer of every obstacle and was rewarded with true love. The promise of a family reunion was a perfect ending for this tale of hardship and hard work.

      Thank you, Ruby, for your excellent addition to the challenge. Another fine story for a growing collection.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Beautiful story Ruby! Touched me!!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Nadine. Nice to see you again. I'm glad you enjoyed. I love happy endings....

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I loved reading your touching and romantic story with such a nice ending. Well done

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Manatita. You know me the forever romantic like you. Thanks for always stopping by to read my stories and poetry. Hugs..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello my sweet friend Tammy. If it were not for you telling me about Anthony this story wouldn't see the light of day. Thank you for reading my stories and encouragement. Love you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Blossom. It's part truth and part fiction. He was abandoned at birth by his father, and he is blind and a massager. I'm happy you enjoyed. Thanks so much...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Yes, He's real Shauna, one of the kindest people on our planet. Thanks again. Hugs..

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Great story, gripping adventure and a happy ending. You filled it with romance as well, Ruby. He he. Much Love.

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      Tammy Gaudern 2 years ago

      I loved reading this story. But then again I love all of them I have read

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I do love a story with a happy ending, but the surprise came in finding that it was built on truth, not fiction. How lovely!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      So, Anthony is real? How awesome!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I went and had a massage yesterday ( I usually go on Saturdays but I wanted to go to an auction this morning. ) The part about his father is pure fiction. He has never seen him although his mother is back close to him. I feel blessed to have met him. I'd never had a massage in my life. My friend Tammy suggested I go. ( She goes regularly ) and it is wonderful. So relaxing. Thank you for coming to read and I agree with your last line!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Anthony is a healer in more ways than one. What a wonderful calling! I wonder if his father would have sought him out had he not been revered as a hero by the news media.

      Sometimes happenstance is the true healer.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Nadine. That's why I love a writing challenge, we all bring our own experience's into the piece. I enjoyed your story. It was different. ( The door handles being low was an intriguing part of your story that kept the reader wondering. ) Thank you for a well done comment..

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a lovely story. Its really amazing how a writing challenge shows how we all come up with totally different stories, but every one has an element of truth in it, as if for a short moment you as the writer created a reality script. Well done.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello B Leekley. I'm happy that you found this sweet and inspirational. Thank you so much.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You did Will. see above. I've done the same thing. ( Old age hum lol ) Thanks again..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Will. That part of the story is pure fiction, it hasn't happened but hopefully it will. Thank you so much..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shyron. I thoroughly enjoyed writing this. So glad you enjoyed. Thank you for sharing...Hugs..

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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I could have sworn I posted a response to this gem, but if I did not (old age!), it's a beauty, Ruby Jean! Well done!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello John. Thank you for stopping by to read my story. I'm happy you approve...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar. I'm so glad you liked my story. When Cam issued the challenge and wanted a cane included in the story, I immediately thought of Anthoney. He is a dear friend. I just got back home from having a massage. He is so funny. He measured my wrist to see if I was overweight. ( Like in the Ray Charles movie. ) lots of love...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Clive. He has the strongest hands. He told me that he works out daily to stay strong. He is 54. Thank you....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello drbj.

      I'm so glad you liked my true/fiction story of Anthoney

      I go for a massage every Saturday, happy to pay his fee

      I'm so relaxed I can hardly drive my car

      He's the best in his field by far

      Thank you kind lady..

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I enjoyed that sweet, inspirational story.

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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Well done, Ruby Jean! I'm glad he reunited with his father.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Ruby, how apropos to make Anthony a massage therapist. This is a wonderful story of a reunion between a father and son.

      I would give this a thumb-up+++ and I will share.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Randy. I read your response to this challenge and loved it. I believe when we put a touch of truth in any piece it is more rewarding to the writer and reader. Thank you so much..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ann. I love a writing challenge. I'm thrilled that you liked my story. I read your story and loved it. Thank you so much.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Ruby, this is a heartwarming story and was a pleasure to read. Good response to Chris's challenge.

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Ruby,

      I always love your writing for the passion, depth and love between each line.

      It was lovely that you wrote with Anthoney in your mind and heart - beautiful work.

      Love and hugs, mar

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Faith. So happy you thought it was a heartwarming story. I loved writing it. Blessings to you..

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Ruby, you rose to the challenge

      With this story so sweet.

      I love happy endings.

      Thank you for this treat.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Interesting response to Chris's challenge, Ruby. My story too was based on real events and it's as if we cannot forget some of them. Enjoyed the tale. :)

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      What a lovely story, Ruby. You've crafted this well and the ending tied it all up nicely! A great response to Chris' challenge.

      Ann

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martie. So good to see you. I miss reading your stories. Happy you enjoyed my story. Thank you for the beautiful comment.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      mmm...finding love with a massage therpist. Blind at that too so he must be good with his hands. Love the story

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike. As I said above, I know Anthoney and he is a wonderful massager. Much of the story is true with some added fiction. Happy you liked it. Thank you for always supporting my work. Hugs to you my dear friend....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. I'm so glad I brought a smile to your face. I know you love happy endings. Your hub today brought a wonderful message for which I'm thankful. When you write from your heart you deliver a feel-good emotion that lasts throughout the day. Thank you so much..

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wonderful response to the challenge, Ruby! This has all the elements of a heartwarming story for all to enjoy.

      Blessings

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Your compassion shines again, Ruby! Beautiful!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Frank, I'm so glad you liked my story. It is fiction but written about a friend of mine. His name is Anthoney, He is black and blind. He also works as a massager. I go to him once a week and his hands are so powerful, all stress disappears. He told me his story and he was abandoned and raised by his grandmother who sent him to the blind school. Linda is pure fiction, but I wish it would happen. He loves to talk on the phone and we talk often. He is really funny and very intelligent. Thank you for coming to read my story'

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby. What wonderful story and with the happiest of endings. You accepted the challenge and your story filled all the requirements plus entertained us. As - Always!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There have been some very good responses to this challenge. Yours just added to that list. We all love a happy ending, don't we? Thanks for bringing a smile to my face this morning.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      yes, this was a very good story always..:) beautifully and masterfully written would vote up and awesome if I could :)