#FF — Through the Portal

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Silver-for-Gold helped me with my dating profile as all of my pictures were of Herbert and I. They edited him out. The metaphor hurt.

I got a “wink” from Haruki, who listed his hobbies as reading and writing. We became correspondents over the next year.  Post-pandemic, I was on a plane headed to Tokyo.

Uber took me to Haruki’s address. The storefront looked like a portal. In the display was a hardbound copy of my book, opened to a favorite passage. To the right, a novel bearing his name! Looking up, I saw the smiling face of my new co-pilot.

[100 words]

 

If one can’t write about one’s dreams in fiction, what’s the use of it? This story is a dream involving author Haruki Murakami. Murakami just released a new book of short stories, First Person Singular, which I haven’t read yet but want to. Murakami often writes surrealistic plots with alternate perceptions/realities/dimensions.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the creative host of Friday Fictioneers.

59 Comments Add yours

  1. Dale says:

    Now that is a wonderful dream, indeed!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dale! 🙂

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    He sounds like a keeper

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Neil.

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Oh, to have a book in a shop window and keeping such illustrious company! If only!😊

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks very much, Iain. I think you’ve got a better than fair shot at it in reality!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Christian 🙂

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  4. memadtwo says:

    I’m smiling. (K)

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  5. Sadje says:

    Great take Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje 🙂

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome

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  6. Fantastic, Li! ❤️ What a wonderful gift you have.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I enjoyed writing this story. The images we get each week are like portals.

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      1. It does look like one.

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  7. Anita says:

    Interesting.
    Side by side in the store.
    Books together & chance for more!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Anita.

      Like

  8. Vartika says:

    what a lovely story.. beginning of new chapter..

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes 🙂 Thank you for reading and your comment.

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  9. granonine says:

    Dreams couldn’t be any better than this one 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ I know! And guess what? My library has Haruki's new book and it's on its way right now 🙂

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      1. granonine says:

        You’ve caught my interest in. him. I just have soooo many books to read!

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  10. Your delightful dream is a perfect take on the picture! Nice one Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for your nice comment, Keith.

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  11. GHLearner says:

    Oh, wonderful. Such a lovely dream. I have Mr. Murakami on my to-read list, I must finally get around to it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Gah. He really does take you into his “mind worlds” with his books.

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  12. elmowrites says:

    I do love a love story and this one sounds (literally) like a dream come true.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed it.

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  13. Imagine sitting by a fire listening to him read his story to you.
    Yes, dreams can be a wonderful way to escape. I enjoyed this, Lisa.
    Stay Safe 😷 Isadora 😎

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Isadora, I like your imagination. Thank you and you also stay safe.

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      1. I do tend to have a very BIG imagination and CURIOSITY. lol

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  14. plaridel says:

    what can you say? a dream coming true. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I agree! Thanks, Plaridel.

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  15. athling2001 says:

    What a great dream. Great story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Why thank you! 🙂

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  16. trishsplace says:

    You are a clever writer!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Trish, thank you 🙂

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  17. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    That was a nice twist…worthy of Mr Serling.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you. That is high praise!

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  18. Tannille says:

    Great use of the prompt. I enjoyed the after pandemic feel. What a fantastic dream.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Tannille 🙂

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  19. Dear Lisa,

    What a sweet dream come true story. I enjoyed this.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you and very glad you enjoyed the story.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  20. draliman says:

    Yay! I was fearing a darker ending.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Well… she hasn’t stepped inside yet. So many of this week’s stories indicate it’s a dangerous place. And, after all, it is Murakami! 😉

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  21. Dora says:

    Lisa,
    Now you’ve put me on a reading track to Murakami. I like the happy ending of this one. Masterful writing as always.
    pax,
    dora

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dora, thank you very much. His writing takes a physical (time) and mental commitment. The rewards are great.

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  22. Bill says:

    Lovely story, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Bill and glad you liked it 🙂

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  23. pennygadd51 says:

    Very imaginative take on the prompt. It sounds as though Herbert is well on the way to being just a happy memory.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Penny 🙂

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  24. James McEwan says:

    a nicely penned dream why not hop on the next flight and go and see the truth.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Once the covid beast has been tamed, I just may.

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  25. Michael says:

    I know that I enjoyed reading this, but somehow WordPress has deleted my first comment, now my brain is fogged from a cold. I will try to comment better next week.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Michael. WordPress likes to throw sand in the gears once in awhile. No worries.

      Like

  26. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh such a dream! I guess you never know, am I right? One day…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Exactly, Laurie, you never know!

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