#FF (2) — Untethered


PHOTO PROMPT © Krista Strutz

It had been a year since Martha passed. That Monday, Jerry felt ready to paddleboard again. He and Martha had circumnavigated the forty-acre lake they lived on every weekday morning like clockwork up until then.

Public access weekenders with their Evinrudes, jet-skis, and bass boats left an ugly taste in the ecosystem.

Jerry saw her from a distance, on the old Smith place woodpile. Funny, she didn’t fly off as he approached. Then he saw the heavy-gauge fish line tangled in her legs.

He paddled home, got leather gloves, a blanket, and line-snippers, thought of Martha, and set her free.

[100 words]

Rochelle is the colorful host of Friday Fictioneers.  I loved this week’s image so much I decided to write a second story.

54 Comments Add yours

  1. Dale says:

    And a wonderful story, it is!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Dale, I was feeling storyteller’s remorse about the first one so tried to redeem myself with this one 🙂 Thank you.

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      1. Dale says:

        Haha! Love it!
        😁

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  2. elmowrites says:

    Aw, lovely tale of grief and recovery. I think he’s turning a corner.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, I think he is also.

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      1. Ain Starlingsson says:

        Very nicely crafted.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Thank you, Ain.

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  3. Sadje says:

    Sweet story Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sadje, thank you, my friend.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome

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  4. asarpota says:

    Loved the twist… Hope prevails

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Glad you did, thanks.

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  5. draliman says:

    Martha may be gone but she’s still helping him move on with his life in a positive way.

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  6. ivor20 says:

    A beautifully constructed analogy ..

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ivor, thank you.

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  7. Laurie Bell says:

    Aw how sad and lovely. I think he is healing… or perhaps starting to move on? A gentle melancholy in this.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Laurie, much appreciated comment.

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  8. neilmacdon says:

    As a windsurfer, I identify with the distaste for power toys on water. More importantly, I liked the parallel between setting the bird free and setting himself free. This would be worth elaborating into a longer story

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Neil, we used to have a small sailboat and we had more than a few close calls with “power toys.” I see them as bullies on the water. Thank you for your feedback and suggestion. 🙂

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  9. Dear Lisa,

    This little tale made me want to stand and cheer. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you very much.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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      1. You’re quite welcome, Lisa. 😀

        Shalom,

        Rochelle

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  10. This is simply delightful Lisa. Well done.

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  11. granonine says:

    This is beautiful. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Linda 🙂

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  12. memadtwo says:

    I like this version. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Kerfe.

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  13. goroyboy says:

    Heart Warming to be sure:)

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  14. Dora says:

    Lisa,
    Marvelous. Loved the connection between freeing the bird and freeing himself to live again, this time without Martha.
    pax,
    dora

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dora, thank you. I wanted to write a warm fuzzies story to balance out my first one.

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      1. Dora says:

        How did I miss it? Will have to go back and check! 😉

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  15. Oh Lisa, sweet and sad wrapped together in one blanket.
    I love the softness that’s reflected in your words. Nicely done …
    Have a good weekend
    Isadora

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Isadora thank you for reading and for your lovely comment.

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  16. GHLearner says:

    You’re on a roll this week! This was wonderful, I love every word. I love canoeing and hear you on the power toys.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Gah. I was inspired by the image. I’ve gone canoeing but only as the front paddler. Would like to try kayaking sometime.

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  17. trishsplace says:

    This is a lovely, full and warm story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Many thanks, Trish, glad you connected with it.

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  18. Bear says:

    We tend to forget that we are SUPPOSED to be the CARETAKERS of Earth. That means caring for the planet and the wildlife, too! Excellent story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Bear, thank you very much, yes.

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  19. Michael says:

    A powerful story, I really enjoyed reading it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Michael.

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  20. Great ending to the story but I feel he would have had a job on his hands. I’d be surprised if he didn’t get injured in the process.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m guessing he may have. Maybe he had a syringe of something to sedate the eagle that I didn’t see… 😉

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  21. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    That was a good story Lisa…I’m glad in this one anyway…there was no cracking of skulls with a paddle!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      LOL Two polar opposite stories from the same picture. That’s why I like that image so much.

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  22. notestowomen says:

    Beautiful story, Lisa. Jerry to the rescue. Martha would have been very pleased.

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      1. notestowomen says:

        You’re welcome 🙂

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  23. Bill says:

    Nice takeoff, fun flight, smooth landing. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Bill, thank you 🙂

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