Stay a Little While   30 comments

This post is written for Friday Fictioneers


Copyright – Adam Ickes


I was always running. Running away from what I could not explain. When relationships became too encumbering I vanished. Careers were suddenly torpedoed from an unknown fear. My family gave up on me. Always starting over. Nothing ever lasted. No future, just memories.

A memory I banished from my time with her surfaces: We stood on her front step after our first kiss, and she waited for me to respond. I wanted to tell her how I felt.

This time will be different I say to myself.

“This time take off your shoes and stay a while,” she said.

Posted December 20, 2018 by Danny James in Friday Fictioneers

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30 responses to “Stay a Little While

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  1. Hope he listens to her – running away is easier, but staying back is much more fruitful. Good story!

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  2. Excellent take.

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  3. Lovely hopeful ending.

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  4. Dear Danny,

    I like that this ended on a hopeful note. Nicely done.



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  5. It sounds as though this time she is not going to give him an opportunity to run.

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  6. Sounds like this time it will be different…

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  7. All sorts of psychological diagnoses run through my mind. However, that would ruin this very poignant story, so I’ll leave my counselor hat in the closet πŸ™‚ You’ve done a fine job of showing us this man clearly.

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  8. It takes all sorts to build society, but I hope that this is his time to settle down

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  9. So much of real life in this, failed expectations and decisions of self-destruction. Let’s hope it works this time. A good story that observes the follies of life.

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  10. Perhaps things are about to change. Nice one.

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  11. Who could resist such an invitation? Nice one Danny.

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  12. It does sound as if she understands his restlessness. Some people just don’t ever turn into settlers.

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  13. Beautifully written. I saw the character

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  14. I hope he settles but I fear he’ll soon be off again.

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  15. Taking off his shoes will certainly slow him down.

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  16. Hi Danny, A very poignant piece. I wish she would have stayed with him forever!
    But as you said – ‘Nothing ever lasts’ – it is very philosophical if one ponders…as in this world everything is ephemeral.

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