“Nope.” the sign read.

Feeling unwelcome but determined, Claire went inside and asked anyway.

“Do you have the Guest Books from former years?”

“Yes, some.  What year do you need?”

“So far, so good.”  She thought.

“From eight years ago.”

Hank hopped up on a stool and surveyed some dusty log books; he smiled as he gave her the book.

At last, she found it..  Phil’s address.  Was he still there? And would he forgive her?

His forgiveness would help her forgive herself.


Theme:  Story of Zacchaeus , Luke 19

Proverbs 20:17  The bread of deceit is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Picture prompt by Rochelle for 100 word story.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Dora says:

    A neat tale! At least in this life it’s never too late to seek and receive forgiveness, is it?

  2. msjadeli says:

    I hope she finds what she seeks with Phil.

  3. Sandra says:

    She’s certainly going the extra mile to atone for her mistakes.

  4. James McEwan says:

    My goodness, wracked with guilt she needs to find Phil. Eight years is a long time harbouring a sorry and regret. Let’s hope Phil can and will forgive her – but for what?

    • oneta hayes says:

      She stole his credit card after he had bought a pretty shell broach for her. He laid it down on the counter and forgot about it until he started to pay for their lunch. Then they looked down the street, went in and asked the Trader but he hadn’t seen it. Sometime later Phil found that some thief had taken a large whack out of his bank but he had no idea who did it. Police didn’t pay much attention because Phil’s problem was minor compared to other issues they were dealing with. Do you want more of the story? 😀 He was a kind sort of fellow. Actually he did forgive Claire and they will celebrate their third wedding anniversary next week. They are thinking of going back to Trader’s as a fitting place where the incident took place. The theft that finally brought them together. How’s that? You satisfied now.

  5. magarisa says:

    This must have been weighing heavily on her all these years. Well-written piece.
    I read the back story in the comments section. Thank you for satisfying my curiosity!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Of course the back story was just made up as the FF story was. But it proves there could have been an answer. Some stories do not have a plausible ending at all in my opinion. Maybe I should start asking if I don’t understand. Thanks for reading and commenting.

      • magarisa says:

        Yes, the back story tied the loose ends together. I also think that even if a story is told in an ambiguous way, it should have a logical progression.
        You’re welcome.

  6. Onduso c sereti says:


  7. granonine says:

    Giving/receiving forgiveness is like showers of blessing to the heart and soul.

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