Friday Fiction – A Love Story

Never say Rochelle isn’t a tough task-master! I’m struggling to read and reply to comments at the moment, so this week she’s given us one of my pictures and she knows I love to read all the stories from my own contributions πŸ˜‰ I’ll do my best, but it may take a while, it may never happen. Either way, I’m grateful for those who choose to read and leave thoughts on mine.

For those who like background – the photograph was taken from a passenger train shortly outside Churchill, Manitoba, just as we were approaching on our ‘polar bear hunting’ holiday last October. A long grain train stood on the opposite tracks and it took a few attempts to catch this framing, but I was pleased with the results. I was eve more pleased with the amazing trip we had both on board the trains and once we arrived in Churchill.

The most special thing about the trip, though, was spending it with my best friend, Joy, and it is to her that the ‘story’ below is dedicated. Not my usual style, but that’s where the picture took me today.

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A Love Story

(Genre: Memoir)

You wouldn’t put us together – the professional woman who gave it up to follow her husband half-way across the world and have babies, with the portfolio-career singleton who settled into success and travels the globe for work; the tall, slim blonde and the petite, curvy brunette; politics at different ends of the spectrum…

You’d as likely couple a corn car to a passenger carriage, but fourteen years ago God, or chance, or life, the universe and everything, did. And last October, on our first ever girlie holiday together, someone asked if we were sisters. I thought my heart might burst.

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85 responses to “Friday Fiction – A Love Story

  1. micklively

    The lengths folk will go to charm a beautiful woman! πŸ˜‰
    Good post.

  2. gahlearner

    What a wonderful tribute to a friend.

  3. There is nothing like a friend of the heart or, as Anne of Green Gables would say, a kindred spirit. Wonderfully expressed, Jen!

    janet

  4. great line: You’d as likely couple a corn car to a passenger carriage,

    • Great to see you here, Craig, and thanks for picking up on that line. I had a second similar, but could only keep one in the edits, so i’m glad this one worked.

  5. Lovely story, and terrific sentiments. It’s good to have friends like that, and even better when you have a rare opportunity to spend some time together. Well done.

    • Thank you, Sandra, it was a rare opportunity although I’m surprised we’ve never made the time to do it before. I’d have happily gone alone, done the trip anyway, but doing it with her made it incredibly special.

  6. I need my mind put at ease…by “Polar Bear Hunting” I’m hoping you mean going to “look” at them i.e. not having them stuffed and placed over the mantlepiece!

  7. A very well crafted story based on a lovely memory that you treasure! Thanks for sharing the background behind the photo!

  8. Delightful. I have no close friends like that but I do have two sisters that make my heart sing. Lovely sentiment in this. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Beautiful tribute to friendship!

  10. Oh Jennifer, I loved this. I treasure my friends and can relate so well. Thanks for sharing all of it!

  11. Dear Jennifer,

    I love it that you used the prompt (and a great photo it is πŸ˜‰ ) as a metaphor and not an illustration. I’ve been blessed to have a few friends like this in my life. Lovely memoir.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  12. That is an absolutely beautiful story, Jennifer. I love how you used the picture and thank you for explaining the background behind it. As a Canadian, I feel proud. πŸ™‚ I’ve never made it to northern Manitoba, but I’d love to go sometime. Good luck reading all the stories. My picture was chosen two weeks ago and that was the one week I was at a conference the whole week. C’est la vie.
    -David

  13. Hey … I can related to that famous line ” You’d as likely couple a corn car to a passenger carriage,” … except I’m the corn-car, ha.

  14. Dear Jennifer, Great picture and I like your story very much. You are so multi-talented! Good job! Nan πŸ™‚

    • Too kind, Nan. The photo isn’t great quality, being taken on a point-and-shoot, through murky glass, but it seems to have inspired a great variety of tales and it’s a nice reminder for me.

  15. Lovely memoir, Jennifer. You and your friend are both blessed. Thanks for the thorough explanation of the picture. I always enjoy learning where those are taken. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

    • Me too, Suzanne. I like to write my stories ‘blind’ but then I always try to stop by the photographer to see if they’ve left a bit of history or explanation.

  16. Very nice! You have a knack for memoir, even if it is more sentimental than your usual.

    And thanks for the photo prompt πŸ˜€

  17. Loved the background and the story. Both you and your friend are very blessed to have such a relationship.
    Personally, I thought the gray, foggy look added to the mystic of the photo. I must confess, it was a tough prompt for generating a humor story.

  18. Dear Jennifer,

    As I read the last sentence of your sweet, beautiful story, I felt the tears starting and smiled. This is storytelling at its best…and you at your best. Thanks for the picture, the tears and your friendship.

    Aloha,

    Doug

  19. Aw. I hope it makes her smile, too.

  20. A beautiful story. So sweet. Best friends are like sisters.

  21. Great story and a perfect way to immortalise a dear friend. Beautiful πŸ˜€

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  23. Gosh what a lovely story. I came over all unnecessary!

  24. I’m now picturing Rosey all unnecessary!
    Have you shown your friend this story? She’ll probably melt in a heap if you do – I know I would!
    Absobloomingloverly story.

  25. A true love story. Most readable and chew-overable.
    Thanks for the pic!

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  27. Such a wonderful example of deep friendship, and I love it that it’s a true story.
    And thank you for this week’s photo prompt, which left me wracking my brain for some time before the muse finally struck. I must try writing something sweet one week!

  28. It’s surprising the people life sometimes throws together, but it can sometimes make for a wonderful friendship, as in this case πŸ™‚

  29. Oh, I love this!!! I loved learning about the history behind your photo, and I’m thrilled to hear about you and your bestie. My best friend and I are a similar pair. Becky came from a super conservative home and was in her 20s before she wore a pair of pants, her mid thirties before she ever cut her hair. She’s always been overweight, and she’s voted republican in every presidential election since she turned 18. I am a liberal lesbian (although I like to call myself “moderate”). Was always skinny until medication lowered my metabolism slightly, but I’m still fairly petite. I love to dance and swim and talk to strangers (while Becky won’t even look at strangers much less start a conversation with one). She majored in mathc and computer science in college, and I majored in English and worked in the library. But we have had some of the most amazing vacations together.

    Here’s to besties everywhere!

    Cheers!
    MG

  30. Francesca Smith

    A wonderfully written tribute to a good friend.
    And I also liked this line in particular: You’d as likely couple a corn car to a passenger carriage.

  31. kudos to you, too, because it takes two to make a friendship works.

  32. Dale

    What a wonderful story! I had a friend like that too, once. I sadly lost her but the memories we created… πŸ˜€

    Was not an easy picture to come up with a 100-word story! I finally did late tonight.

  33. This is such a heartwarming story. True friends are such treasures.

  34. I’m smiling. There’s a gentleness to this work and I like it. Thanks for the photo prompt.
    Be well,
    Tracey

  35. Oh, what a beautiful love story. This is nothing like the bond of a long friendship. How wonderful that you could take the trip and go on to write about it here. Thanks for the photo. It inspired many great ones this week.

  36. Just lovely. And what an amazing trip it must have been. Thank you for the photo, and for the background.

  37. A great photo with lots of meaning for you and a lovely tribute to your friend.

  38. friendship! Such a lovely thing to write about, and you did it so well πŸ™‚

  39. Lovely tribute to a friendship.

  40. What friendship has put together, let know man put asunder. Love that you have found a true sister of the heart. And thanks for the photo this week – fun prompt!

  41. I love that this story has both a “fictional” version and the back story, Jennifer. If you hadn’t told us, the love between two friends would still shine, this is so strongly written.

    I too am behind this week, but better late than never! In college, I set out with 3 college friends to see Churchill Canada (from Boston)… we were young and clueless; we got as far at Montreal! It’s still on my bucket list. I’m so impressed that you got there!

    • haha, that sounds like an epic journey and I’m sure full of memories even if you didn’t reach your eventual goal. I’m sure you’ll make it next time though – with a bit of pre-planning / booking and the application of a credit card, it’s not so hard really!

  42. Very cute because simple! I’m not sure if it’s a love or friendship story for instance but it really doesn’t matter; works fine either way;

    Nice one, Tay.

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