Thanks to dear Rochelle for hosting the Friday Fictioneers and to Na’ama Yahuda for the photo.
Kasper paused outside the Olive Grove bistro, in Manhattan, the place Mark suggested. . He recognised the stooped man reflected in the window, framed by dark storm clouds overhead. Mark was his best buddy at school, thirty years ago.
‘I must be crazy’ he thought , ‘Mark will make me talk about my awful separation from Rachel, how I lost faith in my human rights work. Mark was there for me, he believed in my worth. Will he still ?
Mark approached Kasper, smiling broadly and said
‘Hello old friend, what news ?’
May 25, 2021 at 5:35 pm
I think Kasper can be at ease, his friend seems happy to see him again. Everything else will sort itself out.
May 22, 2021 at 4:48 pm
meeting an old friend brings back the good old days. it could be reassuring.
May 23, 2021 at 1:42 pm
Thanks for your feedback. Guess reunions can bring all sorts of feelings can’t they.
May 22, 2021 at 9:48 am
Although there’s ambiguity about the outcome of the meeting, you give it a positive feeling. That’s mostly Mark’s broad smile, I suspect.
May 23, 2021 at 1:48 pm
I appreciate your comment Penny. I think you’re right about the broad smile, I felt Kasper would need a lot of support.
May 22, 2021 at 1:11 am
I hope they can still be there for each other, to listen, support, and encourage each other. Maybe Mark has had some tough times as well. I’d also love to hear part 2….
May 23, 2021 at 1:55 pm
Thanks for your feedback Jade, glad you’d like a part 2 – it inspires me to write one !
May 23, 2021 at 9:25 pm
You’re very welcome 🙂
May 21, 2021 at 8:01 pm
I can relate to the story you’ve penned. Worrying how we measure up in the eyes of old friends. Well done!
May 23, 2021 at 2:04 pm
Thanks for your comment, glad you can relate to the story.
May 21, 2021 at 1:56 pm
Very good! A meeting of old friends is always nice.
May 21, 2021 at 1:33 pm
Nothing like the gathering of old friends… if they truly are friends, that is. Sounds like a good one, here. Great Story this week. Have a safe one!
May 23, 2021 at 2:12 pm
Thanks Bear, I appreciate your comment. Guess if they haven’t met for 30 years anything is possible.
May 21, 2021 at 11:37 am
Perhaps Mark will surprise Kasper and just ‘be there’ for him. Good one.
May 23, 2021 at 2:18 pm
Thanks Rochelle, I appreciate your comment. I met with two old school friends recently, and we found each other’s life stories intriguing.
May 21, 2021 at 8:23 am
To tell the truth or spin a lie of happy marriage and lifelong vocation…
May 23, 2021 at 2:26 pm
Thanks Ali, you pose a central question. What do you reckon ?
May 23, 2021 at 3:41 pm
Tell the truth but with a positive spin 🙂
May 20, 2021 at 9:10 pm
Great observation there of his dread
May 23, 2021 at 2:33 pm
Thanks Neil, glad you liked the observation.
May 20, 2021 at 9:07 pm
The plot thickens! What next…. I want more
May 23, 2021 at 2:41 pm
Thanks so much for your comment, I am inspired to write more.