Memories are a Different Place

 

 

 

copyright © Fatima Fakier Deria

As the feisty tugboats heaved and nudged the great liner into harbour, Henry felt the sun’s heat bounce off the swell, to welcome him back to a port that had known him well.
It was a long time ago, he’d never envisaged returning.
As anchors and hawsers clanked into place, memories as rich as the verdant island vegetation consumed him.
He sighed and returned to his cabin. “It will have changed,” he thought.
“Been spoiled. My friends will be older, maybe dead. They won’t recognise me.”
Sitting by the porthole, he opened a heavy book and awaited the liner’s leaving.

Written for Friday Fictioneers – a 100 words story based on a photo prompt. Hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here.

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49 thoughts on “Memories are a Different Place

  1. It’s kind of a catch 22. Go and be potentially disappointed, don’t go and be potentially surprised.
    Trent stole my words because I was going to agree you can never go back. However, you can definitely reconnect for a while…

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  2. I think I would have made the same decision. Leaving places and friends behind is painful, and repeating that is opening the wounds again and again. I love the descriptions, it feels like smelling the fuel, hearing the noises in the harbour.

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    • It is. I think he’s decided it would be sadder to have his memories questioned by finding it isn’t actually as he remembers it was. Perhaps, the others don’t put as much value on the same memories

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  3. Mick, well-written. An easy read on my eyes. I may be in the minority of commenters. Being old, lazy, and just a bit weary, I think I would have sat and read the book, too. I’ve already seen enough pass away, and the idea of expending that much energy on loss and recuperation just seems wasteful. I prefer a fresh port and a breeze not so wrought with the past. Lovely work.

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    • It’s funny the debate this has caused. Some say he’s realistic, others that he’s negative. Personally, I would get off the boat to see, he on the other hand is afraid of losing his cherished memories to something more real

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  4. Sometimes it is difficult to go back to a place that was once your home. In my experience, it’s never the same. Maybe Henry is making the right choice if there’s nobody in particular waiting for him there. I don’t see it as being negative, but just realistic. It can be easier to make a new home than slot back into an old one.

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    • Thank-you. Yes, it’s a split decision, on the one hand you could say he’s a coward, on the other he’s a realist, realising it will have changed and not for the better

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    • He may have but his memories have ripened in his mind, he cherishes them and it was a time when he and his friends were fit and well, I think he doesn’t want to risk taking the shine off

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    • Thanks, I’m glad you found it comtemplative.I was wondering if our memories grow richer with age and if there is a danger that they might be exposed in reality, as not so rosy as we imagine,which is why i think he chose to stay on the ship

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      • I think memories that stay in the past are bound to be remembered more favorably than if they’re brought into the here and now. My hubby went back to his old neighborhood as an adult and it wasn’t the same as he remembered plus all had changed. Perhaps, staying on the ship wasn’t such a bad thing. Your story has a lot for the reader to ponder. 😎

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        • Thank you. Since writing it and reading the comments I have been pondering and discussing it with friends because, everyone fall into one of two camps, those that would go ashore and those that wouldn’t and both sides have their perfectly valid reasons.

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  5. It is a tough one. I think I would have got off the boat. He missed the opportunity to visit old friends who don’t even know he’s on the boat. I bet they would have wanted to see him. Undoubtedly things would have changed, but that doesn’t have to tarnish his memories from before.

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    • I’m with you, I would have gone ashore but I think he was scared the others might not have found the times he was nostalgic about, so significant to them

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