Photo: Rich Voza
Photo: Rich Voza

Stationed here, I’ve seen people come and go, sharing hugs, kisses and tears. I have seen the exchange of spine-crushing embrace, cold withdrawal and dejected returnees.

Today, a couple cuddled in my presence, one sought every reason to pick at the partner’s hem, the other looked nervously around.

Nothing unusual here travelers turn out in different shades and mood.

Only, my memory will not lie still.

A week ago, she was in the embrace of another, sharing hugs, kisses and tears. Flecks of promises flittered around.

I am stationed at a departure lounge: I see the frailties of man.

This story is a contribution to the Friday Fictioneers at Rochellewisofffields’ blog. Where a crush of writers are inspired by a photo prompt to express a story in 100 words. Please, click the linky icon up here to find other stories

36 thoughts on “Elope”

  1. Dear Charles,

    I liked your story very much. Was wondering, though, if the frailties observed are of both men and women, then the last line should read…the frailties of man. Not sure. Just saying. thanks for the kind comments on my story this week. I appreciate it.



  2. Charles and Douglas: The comment about the ‘frailties of man’ to mean both and women has long been out of use. We use humankind these days to mean both genders.

    I like the different view point. Nice one.

    1. Well, i prefer to stick to the old tradition, same for my use of ‘everyone is entitled to HIS/HER own opinion’ instead of ‘their own opinion.’
      Dear Douglas, only pointed out my error in using ‘men’ (which restricts it to male species) instead of ‘man.’
      Thank you for your kind attention.

  3. Great story. I love the images you conjured up with ‘spine-crushing embrace’ and ‘every reason to pick at the partner’s hem.’ What else has your MC seen? Lots more stories here.

      1. Rochelle is my first name. Wisoff is my maiden name and Fields is my married name. Don’t pay attention to Russell or Rich who rename me every week.

  4. Charles, really well done. I found it interesting to experience this from an objective observer who has nothing at stake personally, but I sense a sadness too. I love the details.

  5. about this line: “Nothing unusual here travelers turn out in different shades and mood.”

    it seems like there should be a break/comma/period something either after “unusual” or after “here.” for example:

    Nothing unusual. Here, travelers turn out in different shades and mood.


    Nothing unusual here. Travelers turn out in different shades and mood.

  6. I bet people who work at airports see SO MUCH. When you see that many people go by every day, especially with all the emotions going on with departures and reunions…great fodder for stories 🙂

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