Vindication

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

The sight of the seaplane meant the influx of summer visitors had begun. Their arrival brought a buzz to the shoreline and increased revenue to many. But Jack did not look forward to the return of the family that had embraced him last year, then rejected him on the eve of their departure based on malicious gossip. He had thought their relationship stronger.

Days later, he saw them. She was cradling a baby in her arms and her parents were shame-faced. They had realised the error of their accusations when the child was born. He was obviously not Jack’s.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post was inspired by Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle. The challenge asks for bloggers to write a story in 100 words or less in response to the photo prompt.)

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40 thoughts on “Vindication

  1. I like this scene of vindication with delicious reveal at the end. It feels like the end of a novel.

    I assumed that the parents’ shame was simply because of the out of wedlock birth. Your final sentence redirected that shame. Their looks were begging forgiveness–from him. Nice example of pivoting on the head of a pin.

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