Coming Home #amwriting

Homecoming was written for Friday Fictioneers. Many thanks as always to Rochelle.

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

Coming Home

“Tell me again.”

“I’ll get off the train. You’ll run, throw yourself into my arms. I’ll swirl you around. And we’ll live happily ever after.”

The train’s late.

There was so much unsaid in Bill’s last letter. Bill’s brother said he wasn’t handling the amputation well. He didn’t want her at the hospital.

When the train arrives, passengers disembark but no Bill. Did he decide to stay at Walter Reed, or worse?

Then a lone soldier, lurching on crutches, appears.

“I can’t swirl you around.”

“That wasn’t the important part of the story.”

“What was?”

“You. Me. Happily ever after.”


Sascha Darlington

31 thoughts on “Coming Home #amwriting

  1. Brought tears to my eyes… remembering a special young man who came home so very changed by war. Now, a statistic to suicide, unable to deal with all he saw and did. So very sad. Love your ending, though. We ALL need happy endings! <3

  2. Dear Sascha,

    What a lovely and touching story. She’s definitely made of sterner stuff and loves Bill unconditionally. Well told. Love the video bonus, too. I didn’t realize that George Harrison had paired up with Paul Simon. Two of my favorites.



  3. That’s a hard thing with which to deal. I can’t even imagine. He’s fortunate to have someone strong by his side. They’re both going to have to face a lot in the future.

  4. So sad. I love how you’ve built these two characters – I hope their future is bright despite the horrors he’s experienced.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.