#FF — home is heaven


PHOTO PROMPT © Brenda Cox

A lump of dirt presses into Mei’s ribs. Slabs of sunlight between the alley shed’s slats light strips of her hollow-cheeked face as she curls behind old tires. What will Jinn, her ten-year-old son, scout out and bring back to her today? Jinn comes home late after scavenging dumpsters and leaves before dawn each morning, to where he knows which cooks give morsels to hungry children.

Jinn hasn’t returned in three days. Mei drowses and smiles, remembering her mother’s restaurant. So many bowls, always full. Such delicious aromas.

The shed owner found Mei’s body and spat.

Another stinking refugee!”

[100 words]

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

58 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Heartbreaking story Li

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sadje I didn’t intend on writing a sad story but that’s where the muse took me today. Thank you for reading, my friend.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome! I understand the plight of the refugees, and how unwelcome they are often made to feel.

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    I felt your outrage

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Neil, thank you.

      Like

  3. Bear says:

    Oh, I so did not want to “like” this. So very sad it was. Well written and poignant.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Bear, thanks much.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Fandango.

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  4. It is indeed sad.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Ouch! People can be so unkind. You really captured that.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Alicia, thank you.

      Like

  6. Michael Humphris says:

    I could not press like, this is such a powerful story/ well written

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      WordPress is in chaos right now, thanks for letting me know. Thank you, Michael.

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  7. memadtwo says:

    If only our billionaires would help out even just a little bit….(k )

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  8. elmowrites says:

    So heart breaking, Ms J. And more so for being realistic. I hope Jinn finds a way through.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I wondered if anyone would wonder about Jinn. Thank you ❤

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  9. Sad story, Lisa. The plight of refugees can really be terrifying! If one doesn’t have to worry about food and shelter one can easily take these things for granted and forget how privileged we are!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Christian, thank you for understanding and your empathy for the refugees.

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  10. A rotten story, beautifully wretched, great stuff as ever

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you so much, Shrawl. I wish it wasn’t so.

      Like

  11. Iain Kelly says:

    Hard to ‘like’ this story. Very real and brutal and a sad reflection on our world today. Very well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Iain, thank you very much.

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  12. Bill says:

    Well, that went dark in a hurry. Sad, but well done, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Bill. She kept her spirit light to the end ❤

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  13. Not the conclusion I hoped for. A tragic tale well told, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Keith, thank you. I hear you on the conclusion.

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  14. lovely message powerfully told Lisa! 💖💖

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Cindy, thank you much, dear.

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      1. You’re most welcome!@
        💖

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  15. CGraith says:

    A sad story but there’s that glimmer of light, the memory of her mom’s cooking.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for reading. I hope that’s where her spirit travels to.

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  16. James McEwan says:

    There is an irony in human waste. A sad truth that haunts my nightmares.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      James, would you care to say more about the irony in human waste?

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      1. James McEwan says:

        Good question. I was trying to convey the idea that poor Mei was considered as garbage and disposable. A waste of their human life, because of their status and who they are.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Ah, I see what you mean, James. Yes, it is haunting 😦

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  17. Yes, very difficult to lkike. You have so poignantly captured the plight of the refugees, Yes, i wonder what would, or rather how would Jinn make his way around. Very powerful story Ms J.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I also fear for Jinn 😦

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  18. plaridel says:

    some folks can be so mean that they don’t deserve to be part of the human race.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Absolutely 😦

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  19. Anonymous says:

    I’m a bit surprised at the numbers of very sad tales this prompt has triggered. I suspect the shed owner who found her body is a relative of The Boss in my story!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Linda, you very well could be right. Yes, it is surprising as the scene itself looks upbeat.

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  20. Linda Kreger says:

    I didn’t mean to post anonymously–hit the wrong button 🙂

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  21. Dear Lisa,

    This puts me in mind of The Little Match Girl with an added sucker punch to the gut. Well done..

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you very much, and thank you for the comparison ❤
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  22. A painful last line because of the truth behind it. Excellent story! Let us all be more aware.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, Brenda, for sure. Thank you.

      Like

  23. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh
    Oh no
    So sad.
    You told this beautifully

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  24. Vartika says:

    Sad story. Well done Lisa

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Vartika. My heart goes out to both mother and her child 😦

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