The Runway: A Narrative Fiction

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Years had passed since his longtime friend, Sam died. Jake had managed to move on, get married to his girl and raise a family. He had taken his degree and although he had never managed to become president of a large company, he had used it to have a successful and rewarding career. It was a warm sunny summer day; Jake long since retired entered the local discount store. He entered the store in hurry; his gate now awkward and somewhat stooped over from age. His arms swung back and forth as he rushed toward the isle, which held the prize he was after, as though it was to be his last chance to retrieve the item. Without warning his quest was interrupted as he collided with a mass directly in front of him. Nearly knocking the bystander to the floor Jake apologized. “Sorry, I guess I was in to much of a hurry; Grandchildren don’t like Gramps to keep them waiting.” Suddenly Jake was staring directly into the eyes of the person he had collided with. He realized that it was a man with thin, graying hair about his age. There was an air of familiarity about him and as Jake proceeded to leave
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“Son’s out in the car waiting. I came in to get something for my three grandchildren.” “Wouldn’t look good for Gramps and Gramma to come without a present; going to spend the day at my sons for a barbecue.” “How’s your kids Will; they doing okay?” Willie did not want Jake to know that he had not seen his children or grandchildren for quite some time. He had divorced years ago and had spent the last thirty years alone. His wife had said it was his attitude toward the world that was her primary reason. “Kids, oh they’re doing well.” With a lie in his heart Willie continued. Saw my grandchildren last week; growing big.” Willie stood there with a heavy heart for the fact was he had not seen his grandchildren in quite some time. If the truth was to be known he thought his children were ashamed of
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