Standing Room Only

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Ashes to Ashes

PHOTO PROMPT © Brenda Cox 

I knew from the moment I walked in, I would never leave and I would never eat anywhere else. Every meal was prepared right in front of my eyes with a smile and a nod. The chef and I never had a conversation as our languages were so diverse, so different, but over the course of time, we became friends with each shared moment. Each smile. The morning I arrived to find an empty parking lot full of burned timber and ashes, I was devastated. I began to search for my friends, hoping to help in their time of need. 

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10 responses to “Ashes to Ashes”

  1. I have friendships like that, that are mostly nonverbal communication. A nice story. Hopefully he can find them.


  2. A beautiful friendship up in smoke or at least the place where it started. Nice take on the prompt


  3. The place where a great friendship started ~ up in smoke. Hopefully, they can reunite.


  4. Very well-told story about intangibles that are so important to quality of life.


  5. Michael Humphris Avatar
    Michael Humphris

    A fine story with such a sad twist at the end


  6. Was it an accident, or were they moved on. Regular contact and visits to the same restaurant or hairdressers becomes a close friendship. An emotional situation reflected well in your story


  7. Excellent story. 🙂


  8. Oh! How sad! I hope his search is successful!


  9. I love these type friendships. So sad the restaurant burned down and hopefully he found his friends. Nice!


  10. I knew a restaurant like that…each meal was done right in front of us as well as fun drama. It felt like a meal and a show. Good story!


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