Not The Same Old Story?

The candle wax made me think of how much time passes.  Therefore, I thought of the old American song favorite, “As Time Goes By” and a story to go with it.  So, don’t look for any monsters, haunted houses or Jane Eyre, Vampire Slayer here.

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I hadn’t seen Cindy since she was nine.  Now 23 and married to Michael, they had a new beautiful baby girl.  I invited them to come and stay a week with me at my “bachelor’s townhouse.”

On the third night, we watched Casablanca, a movie neither of them had seen.  Afterward, I entered the kitchen to fix a drink.  Michael followed me.

“Cindy always wondered why you and her mom broke up.”

“You saw it tonight.”

“You mean you gave her up for something bigger than yourself?”

“No, her mom gave me up for something bigger than herself … Cindy’s stepfather!”



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35 Responses to Not The Same Old Story?

  1. ah.. what a subtle twist to that classical saga.. the tragic side of a triangle drama.. it sounds like he gets his daughter back finally.

  2. Sandra says:

    A great take on an altogether too frequent occurrence. Nicely done Kent.

  3. Ouch, poor guy! Isn’t it interesting how we automatically assume the failing of the relationship to be the man’s doing? In reality, it’s usually a combined failure (failure isn’t the right word here, but my mind is blanking on a more sufficient one). After all those years, he’s still living in a bachelor’s pad…Perhaps, he’s learned the lesson to leave the drama to the movies! A very intriguing look at the passage of time!

    • wmqcolby says:

      Yeah, there is a lot to what you’re saying, Adelie. My guess for this guy is that it was like a plane crash. There’s never a single cause of one, just a lot of things that go wrong and they climax in the crash. And you’re right — the drama belongs on the page, the stage or the screen. A good lesson for us all.

  4. I’m also laughing at the possibility that the stepfather is large. 🙂


  5. What a great movie to base your story on. Casablanca! Now I see your story in black and white. Nice job – thank you.

  6. Jan Brown says:

    So sad when the parents’ separation also separates the child. It’s lovely that the birth of a grandchild was able to bring them back together. Nice tie-in to the movie!

    • wmqcolby says:

      Thanks and yes. It IS sad when that happens. The song was actually the inspiration for the story, then I thought about the movie and VOÍLA. Always fun to tie in stuff.

  7. Dear Kent,

    At least she has….never mind. A bittersweet layer to this even though it seems to end with a punchline. But then, the best humor is born of sorrow, isn’t it?


    Mother Superior

  8. Kent, Good story on a familiar theme, sad as it may be. The younger people are always discovering those old classic movies. Well done. 🙂


  9. Sounds like he had a bad time but still held on to his sense of humour. At least they are reunited with a new life to celebrate 🙂

  10. Tanvi Sharma says:

    Damn, this reminds me of watching the movie this weekend. Anyway, I really loved how you played with the words here 🙂

  11. I’ve not seen Casablanca, so the last two sentences were lost on me…..I think. On the other hand, Good bit of story telling.

    • wmqcolby says:

      Highly recommended. You see, Casablanca is considered in Hollywood as the top film of all time (Citizen Kane usually gets that title, but for different reasons) because the story is so tight, everything that is said or done advances the plot forward. Very crisp, nothing extraneous. A good model to follow for aspiring writers.

  12. rgayer55 says:

    It just now hit me that there was a 14 yr. gap since he had last seen his daughter. This had to be a happy reunion for him. Makes me wonder why he didn’t have some contact over those years. A smooth flow to this piece, Kent.

    • wmqcolby says:

      Thanks, Russell, and you’re absolutely right. The gap isn’t really as important as the reunion, but it does make a showing. It’s what I didn’t write about that made it interesting, I think.

  13. subroto says:

    I liked this Kent. I am glad you wrote this otherwise you might have regretted it maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.

  14. Liz Young says:

    Very funny and a surprise ending.

  15. elappleby says:

    Dammit! I was going to use the ‘maybe not today’ line but subroto’s beaten me to it. Of all the blogs in all the towns… etc.
    Great story. Sad and funny. And brought back memories of watching the film as a student (when black and white was cool)

    • wmqcolby says:

      Hahahaha! Now, since WHEN have you had to lean on something that was unoriginal, huh???? 😀

      And, yes, black and white ROCKS! It is still cool, you just need a good story to shoot it in, yes?

      Thanks, El.

  16. You tugged at my heart strings and made me smile.

  17. Nan Falkner says:

    Master of Cleverness you are! Thanks for the story! Nan 🙂

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