Oldtimer

It was that hazy time of day when it’s just beginning to darken but there’s still plenty of light to see where you’re going. And I was heading out. The interstate was just about the only way out now that wasn’t standing under water.

The last heavy rain had flooded the town for one last time for me. Most everyone had already gone anyway. Our small town had been steadily declining for years. The young folk had moved elsewhere to find jobs and start families. There were just a few of us “oldtimers” left and now there was one less.

PHOTO PROMPT © The Reclining Gentleman

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Join us at Flash Fictioneer Friday with Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and write a story in 100 words:  https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/25-september-2015/

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  1. You must have been inspired by all of these rainy days we’ve been having.
    It seems you hear about people leaving alot in Florida. I have lately.
    Interesting take on the photo prompt. Glad your back, Gayle. It’s always
    nice to read you stories and poems.
    Izzy 😎

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    • Hi Izzy, well we just went through several days of flooding rain but honestly there are still a lot of people populating Florida…at least in the major cities. I was thinking more of my sister’s small town in Kansas…less than 3,000 population there.

      Always nice when our paths cross. At last it seems I’m getting back into the writing game again. Thanks for your encouragement my friend!
      Gayle xoxo

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  2. emiliopasquale

     /  September 25, 2015

    I left several years before Sandy but we lost our family home in that storm. Our house was four blocks from the beach and two blocks from the bay. Surrounded by water. Then engulfed by water. Your story brings back memories.

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  3. Sounds like the right time to move on. But to where? to who? A follow-up, please.

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  4. Sad take on the prompt. Nicely done.

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  5. Dear Gayle,

    Welcome to Friday Fictioneers. A very well written take on the prompt.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • Dear Rochelle,
      Thank you for the warm welcome. I have participated before…quite a while ago and my friend, Izzy suggested I give it a go again. This is a fun challenge. Thank you for that, Rochelle!
      Gayle ~

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  6. The world are filled with those places that just seem to be lingering on the edge of dying.. some just leave before it’s too late.

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  7. Anonymous

     /  September 25, 2015

    Nice blend of ending and starting fresh. Like it.

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  8. So sad when a town dies and it sounds like this town is slowly dying. Great story!

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  9. I liked your take on the prompt. It did have a poignancy to it about the town dying. But good the old timer still looked toward the future. 🙂

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  10. There comes a time when we all reach our limits.

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