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The Favor

print by Katie M. Berggren
Belinda opened the door one howling winter night to find her neighbor Phoebe standing there wrapped in a heavy shawl with her three little ones held close against her.
 
 "Lord A'mighty, Phoebe, what are you doing out on a miserable night like this?" Belinda asked, stunned to see her dear friend standing there with a tear-stained face.
 
"I need to ask you a favor," Phoebe stammered, "can you and Ben take care of my young'uns for a few days?"
 
"Well of course we can, Phoebe, don't you worry about them none; but what's going on, are you having troubles with Ruben again?"
 
Giving her children one last long look, Phoebe turned to leave and replied "I got some family stuff I've gotta go take care of, but I'll be back for them real soon I promise."
 
Deep down Belinda had a gut wrenching feeling that Phoebe wasn't ever coming back.
 
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I'm joining Ivy at "Uncharted" for Six Sentence Stories 
where the cue this week is "FAVOR"
Come and read what others have written and share a story of your own!

21 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Shortybear! Just a little tale spun in a very short amount of time. :-)

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    1. Maybe at some point, Kathe, I thought too that this could lead into a pretty interesting story.

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  3. yow!! grab un-suspecting Readers, much?

    lol (very good Six)

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    1. Thanks Clark, I love shorts that make us ponder the possibilities!

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  4. A very interesting story Josie. Favours are like surprises, we never know what they will be.

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    1. That's so true, Judygirl! Sometimes what we think we are agreeing to turns out to be something very different! I guess that's a good reason to use caution when agreeing to grant favors. I think in this case that Belinda realized there might be more, but also that her friend was desperate and had no other options.

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  5. Makes me wonder. Would she still say yes if she were sure it was to keep the children to raise? My gut tells me yes, she's that kind of woman.

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    1. I think she senses this what is coming, Mimi, but she's not going to turn the children away to face unknown dangers, so she takes them in despite her concerns.

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  6. There is a deeper story here that many women live out. I have known some, too.

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    1. You are absolutely right, Annie, while this particular story may be fiction, the bones of it are rooted in the stories of real women who have faced this situation and have been forced to make decisions they never wanted to make.

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  7. This actually happened in my family. A woman dropped a boy off on Monday and said, "I'll be back at 5." She came back Friday at 5 with a box of clothes and said, "Can you keep him for the weekend?". Mother agreed and we did not see her for nine months. She came back, took him, and we never saw him again. It was horrid!

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    1. What a tragic true story, Paul - both for the little boy who was uprooted not once but twice, and also for your family of whom he became a part only to be taken away and never heard from again. Children are not suitcases that can be dropped off and picked up at random without lasting trauma to all involved.

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  8. Oh, my! And yet, she took them in. Belinda's a good sort.

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    1. Agreed, Dyanne, her heart clearly went out to that mama and her children, and she knew she had no other choice but to help.

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  9. Oh, my goodness, Josie. Talk about giving your mind an opportunity to fill in the blanks. So much to wonder about in this scenario. I want Phoebe to be okay.

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    1. I do too, Val, and I want her to be able to be able to reconnect with her children at some point in time.

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  10. OY.... gut wrench! I love the pic at the top ... the story is so well done but makes my heart ache...

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    1. It hurts my heart too, Ivy, because we know it happens, and everyone's life is damaged in the process. I fell in love with the works of the above artist as I was looking through Google Images. I would love to have this print or one of her others... awesome!!

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  11. Sadly, could be a true story. I think I will choose to see a happy ending here.

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