Jen latched the suitcase, and took one last long look around.  Many times she had tried to leave, but something held her there.  He promised he would return.  I promised I would wait.  Eight years was a long time. She hadn’t heard from Cody for a long time. She could wait no longer.

Cody trudged up the long path.  Will she even be here?  If she is, how can I ever make her understand all the things that prevented my return?  He had nothing to show for the past eight years.

Jen opened the door.


She dropped her suitcase.

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photo credit to Danny Bowman

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25 Responses to Promise

  1. Wow..just in time!
    Lovely romance ❤


  2. Dale says:

    All that waiting and not for naught! Made me think of Castaway. She did wait 7 years but…not the same ending!


  3. granonine says:

    I think I love this story.

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  4. A sweet and poignant story. I’m so glad it ended happily. :o)

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  5. gahlearner says:

    Waiting without a word, how hard that was in the past, unthinkable now with Skype and Facetime and whatnot. Lovely story with a happy ending.

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  6. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    I like how you presented the scene from the two different POV, and that one had given up hope while they other still clung to it. Nice take on the prompt.

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  7. writelindy says:

    I liked the positive ending and hope their wait was worth it.

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  8. pennygadd51 says:

    I guess this must be set in the Old West, otherwise why would Cody not have somehow got word to Jen? Eight years without a word is an awful long time…

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  9. …and they both lived happily ever after!

    Click to read my FriFic

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  10. Sandra says:

    Nice to read a happy ending. 🙂

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  11. Iain Kelly says:

    He timed his return just right, and she waited just long enough. Good story.

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  12. Oh I love the ending…. and imagine I just read a story with the opposite point of view… and it was both eight years,

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  13. Jelli says:

    A happy ending! I love happy endings! 🙂 Really enjoyed the story. Love truly knows no distance nor time.

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  14. I’m glad he is back. Even though he may have a lot of explaining to do.

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  15. James says:

    He got back just in time.

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  16. He may have a lot of explaining to do, but it sounds like they do love each other and will make it work. I love happy endings. 🙂

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  17. Moon says:

    Sorry not real but *relationship with flying colours 😀

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  18. Moon says:

    Great story, Ruth . I guess they passed the ‘patience test’ of their real with flying colours.

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