The inkwell Prompt#30// He Promised

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It was a Friday morning, my Dad came to my room to wake me up for school after a late night of waiting for his arrival from the trip he went. Peacekeeping in Mali.

I was surprised to see him back home to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with us, which was coming up next week. My Dad has been away for eight months.his job, as a soldier, US Marine. Keeps him away from his family, but for a good purpose. Although, that didn't separate our bond because he was always sending gifts to me. He got me a video game on my eighth birthday and a scooter on my eleventh birthday.

"Daddy…" I shouted with joy as I embraced him tightly. And I smelt the Amber floral fragrance on him.

"Oh! Tommy, Did you miss me?" He tickled me.

"Ye… yes Daddy." I laughed uncontrollably because of the ticklish effect.

Then he carried me and placed me on his shoulder, as he walked to the kitchen dodging the door frames and kissed my mother on her lips. Mom was making pancakes for me.

I quickly brushed my teeth, prepared myself for school and my breakfast. Then he drove me to school. As my Dad was driving, he got a text message on his phone that was fixed to the phone hanger. He swiped the phone and read the message. Immediately his mood changed.

I noticed that something was wrong. So I asked him.

"Dad, is everything okay?"

"Oh! What? Yes, everything is okay Tommy." He smiled at me.

"Okay. But Dad, can I ask you something?"

"Yes, my boy. Ask anything."

"Will you be home for dinner?"

"Dinner?" He asked, with a pause in his tone.

"Yes, Daddy. Dinner."

"Uhmmm," he halted. "Yes, Tommy I'll be there. But do you want me to get you anything?"

"Hmmm, nothing Dad. Just you."
He looked into my eyes and smiled at me, as he placed his palm on my head and rubbed it softly.

"Okay, Tommy. We're here now. Be a good boy and make your teacher feel your smart brains. I love you so much." He kissed my forehead

I got down from the car and waved at him, as he smiled and drove off.

That night I got home late, after spending so much time at my friend's place playing video games.

I opened the door leading to the living room, only to see my mother on the couch, holding a letter and crying. I rushed to be with her to calm her and know the reason why she's crying. It was difficult to calm her but I did my best. Then I asked her, "where is Daddy?"

Immediately I dropped that question. She started crying again, with tears rolling down from her eyes. She said to me, "Your Dad is gone and won't be coming home till next Christmas."

"No… that can't be true." I stood up in anger. "He promised to be for dinner."

"Tommy, please sit down."

"No, Mum."

I ran outside in anger and took my scooter as I rode out of the house to my special spot.

I stopped the scooter at the Park gate and walked into the park in the middle of the night. I sat near the riverbank, staring at the river, quiet, peaceful, no turbulence. Then I looked up to the sky and saw stars shining in the black sky.

I laid down close to the river bank, looking at the stars in the black sky and not minding it was midnight. As I remembered my Dad's promise.

Then I said, "Dad, why? Why do you have to go?" As tears rolled down from my eyes? "I miss you, Daddy." As I let the cold breeze and quiet atmosphere calm my anger.



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The story creates tremendous empathy with the child (Tommy) and yet you do not embellish with highly emotional terms. You create the emotion by describing scenes and characters which place us inside the story. Very good job, and great use of the prompts.

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Thank you so much for your kind words and support 💯❤
I appreciate 🙏❤

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Would it have been better for Tommy if his Dad had told him the truth, I think so
Poor Tommy

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Yes, His father should have told him the truth. Well Tommy handled his emotions well.

Thanks fo reading my story 💯❤

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He sure did handle it well ;D
It was a pleasure

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Such a heartbreaking tale, @ubani1. The children of soldiers can have a very rough life. It must have been difficult for the dad to tell the truth. He probably didn't want to upset the boy just as he was about to go to school. But the boy will have a hard time ever trusting his father again.

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Auchhh... Duty Calls!

That's sad. It's actually the reality faced by the loved ones of many people that their are wearing the military badge of their country. It's never easy.

Most of the time, they barely get enough time to connect with their love ones. Of course, their family feels the impact of the absence.

Well well well, he failed to keep this promise, but he can still make up for it. I guess that's a goodnews.

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Most of the time, they barely get enough time to connect with their love ones. Of course, their family feels the impact of the absence.

Well well well, he failed to keep this promise, but he can still make up for it. I guess that's a goodnews.

Yeah, true. that's how i felt when my dad was still in service. Then i was a little boy, i didn't have much understanding about his line of work. I wrote the story from my experience.

Am glad you liked the story

Thank you bro for your support @kenechukwu97

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I really enjoyed the story and it shows that you are now matured enough to understand why your Dad had to always make those sharp trip.

It's the Clarion Call. You get to answer the call, under the rain or in the sun. Hahah.

Nice one Bro


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Wow. This is so empathic and a good read too. Tommy and mum must have felt her and husband which they need for different purposes. May kids suffered the same fate too. But when duty calls, obedience is paramount.
Found my way here through @dreemport.

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Thank you for reading my story and for you kind comments🙏.
Welcome to my blog❤ @mrenglish

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I so feel for Tommy and his dad should have told the truth

Or was it a dream as Tommy mum seemed to get the bees in a letter

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Yes, Tommy Dad should have told him truth, but he didn't want to hurt his feelings when dropping him at school. I feel as time goes by Tommy is able to understand his father work call of duty.

Thanks for reading my story and for your support ❤💯

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I could relate to his father working in Peacekeeping in Mali, although I havent been to Male spent many years in Peacekeeping

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It wasn't Dad's fault, his job is. He also didn't know something like that would come up but he doesn't have any choice.
I hope Tommy learns to understand that Dad loves him and how he hoped to spend the moment with his family but he can't.

An interesting story. Thanks to @dreemport for leading me here.

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Thanks for your kind comments.
I'm grateful 🙏

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Having a dad who's a policeman, I can totally relate to your story. Sometimes, I barely see my dad more than twice a year because he's posted to duty posts in other states.
Nice story, man

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Thank you so much for your kind comments ❤😌

It isn't easy at all. I hope your Dad is okay.

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