Every Friday, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields gives us, Friday Fictioneers, a prompt and we have roughly a 100 words to write the best story possible using this prompt. This week’s photo is below:
Bringing Her Back
“I used to live here?”
“Yes, darling. This is where your house used to be.”
“But…but..there’s nothing here”.
For the first time since the Tsunami in 2004, Joy was back in Sri Lanka. My wife and I had argued about whether our 18-year old was ready to visit her birthplace.
“It’s going to break her! You’re going to break her!”, she had protested as I confirmed our tickets.
As Joy looked at the nothingness in front of her and, then, back at me, there was a look in her eyes I had never seen before. I feared my wife was right.
“Thank you for bringing me here, dad”, she smiled and held my hand. All I could do was smile back; it was the first time she had called me dad.
What could’ve broken her, fixed a part of my daughter, gave her closure.
Went a bit above and beyond the 100 word limit (at 143) this week but I believed the story deserved a little more detail. For those that aren’t aware of the Tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean 11 years ago, here is the Wikipedia page.
To check out some of the other entries, click the blue frog!
Special thanks to Dale Rogerson for an excellent photo prompt.