Finish off Fridays #9: The Wait 03.03.17

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I provide the picture and the opening sentence, you write an additional 100 to 150 words to complete the story.

finish-off-friday-2nd-marchphotograph ©Lorraine

Clementine anxiously waited for the 5:40 out of the city, wondering if he would be on board.

This was the third week they’d made the effort to be there on the platform. To be honest, she didn’t understand why he wasn’t there but excitement always got the better of her the next time.
Seeing the steam in the distance, she stood up, adjusted her apron and bonnet, and caught hold of her mother’s hand.
The two stood away from the gap as the train pulled into the station.
The porter opened the doors of the carriages for the passengers to alight.
Clementine felt her mother tense, then reach into her pocket for her kerchief to dab at her eyes.
Looking ahead she saw him.
‘Papa!’ she cried and was off like the wind, throwing herself at his legs as he lifted her aloft.
‘Oh my darlings,’ he wept, wrapping his arms around them both.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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3 Responses to Finish off Fridays #9: The Wait 03.03.17

  1. Lorraine says:

    What a wonderful, happy ending. From the child’s perceptive of Papa finally coming home on the 5:40 train.
    Thanks for participating — another enjoyable read.

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