Jenny Was Going Home After Spending Her First Six Years in an Orphanage- Flash Fiction

Updated on December 6, 2019
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I love to write flash fiction, using a moral standard to not pass judgement until you look deeper inside.

Jenny often wondered about the lady who lived across the street.

Jenny lived in an orphanage. She was left there when she was a newborn. Her mother was unmarried and only seventeen.

Jenny was a happy child. The nuns were good to her, and she knew she was loved.

It was summertime and the children were allowed to play outside, They had a merry-go-round and swings to play on.

She'd been seeing a lady across the street everyday for at least a month. The lady was beautiful with long blond hair. Jenny wondered if she lived close by, or maybe she lived in the white house across the street?

One day Jenny waved at her, and she came over to the play-yard and said," Hi, how old are you?" Jenny told her that she was six, then asked her what her name was." My name is Alice and I live across the street." She told her that she liked to watch her play. Jenny noticed her hair and remarked " You have the same color as me. " Alice told her that she'd just completed a course in medical records and was starting her new job tomorrow at St Johns hospital just up the street.

She told Jenny that she must be going, but she would be back to visit every chance she got,

Jenny ran up to her and gave her a big hug, She noticed Alice had tears in her eyes, and asked, " What is the matter? " Alice said, " Oh, I'm just emotional that's all. Bye for now. " Jenny really liked her and wondered why she got emotional.

The summer passed. Alice came to visit often. It was December and just a few days before Christmas Alice came over and asked the nuns if Jenny could go caroling with her and her boyfriend Skyler. The nuns quickly said, " Yes " Jenny was so happy. They went all over the neighborhood singing beloved Christmas carols.

Alice asked Jenny if she would like to meet her mother and father, of course she wanted to meet them.

When they arrived at Alice's parents home, her mother ran out to meet them. She wrapped Jenny in her arm's and said, " It is so good to finally meet you. "

They had a special meal prepared, then they all started looking at albums. One picture stood out to Jenny, it was Alice when she was six years old, Jenny noticed the resemblance and remarked, " You look like me. " Alice's mother spoke up saying, " I don't know where to start, but start I must."

She had Jenny come sit on her lap and told her the truth, hoping and praying she would understand and forgive them.

She told her that Alice was her mother, she and her husband Harry were her grandparents and Jenny's boyfriend Skyler was her father.

She continued to try to explain why this happened, She told her that Alice was only seventeen and I couldn't imagine her raising a child, and I was so selfish that I didn't want the responsibility either.

Tears were rolling down her face. Jenny looked around and noticed that Alice and Harry were wiping tears also. Jenny ran to her mother Alice and said " I forgive you mama, please don't cry. " About that time Skyler came from the hallway and introduced himself as her father.

They practically ran back to the orphanage, When they attempted to tell their story to the nuns, they said, " Hush, we already knew, now let's get busy packing ! "

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    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Peggy. I like happy endings too. So glad you liked my story. Thank you...

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Ah...I like good endings to stories, and this fit the bill perfectly.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lora, nice to meet you. Thank you for the follow. I just read, A Tribute To Nature and loved it. I am a lover of nature and poetry, so happy to follow you. I'm happy that you liked my story.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Nithya, so happy you liked my story. Thank you.

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      Lora Hollings 

      6 months ago

      What a lovely story especially for this time of year! It is uplifting and reminds us all that it's never too late to give love and redeem ourselves.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 months ago from Dubai

      A beautiful story with a happy ending, love your writings.

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Chris, a comment like yours makes me a happy camper. I know you have always been helpful and I appreciate you. Thank you so much.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Genna, I answered your comment, now it's gone. I told you that I missed you but understood you taking time off from HP. I am so glad you liked my story. I luv you too. Thank you.

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      Chris Mills 

      6 months ago from Green Bay, Wisconsin...for now

      Oh, geez, stop it Ruby. I can only cry so much in one day as a man. John already got to me, now you too. That is a sweet story with a totally unexpected ending. Please keep writing flash fiction. If you have any questions or desire any help, please ask. Otherwise, I am content to keep watching you grow as a writer.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello MG Singh. Glad you found this tale interesting. Thank you.

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      Genna East 

      6 months ago

      Ohhhh...this beautiful tale brought tears. Thanks so much for the happy ending, Ruby! And so beautifully written. With the holidays upon us, the meaning of this flash fiction short is even more significant and eloquent. Luv you -- hugs.

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      MG Singh 

      6 months ago from Singapore

      A lovely tale. Both interesting an engrossing.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you William for your complimentary words, So happy you liked my story.

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      William Kovacic 

      7 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      So touching, Ruby. You have a way of putting these things together. Good job, as always.

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      Crezyl Joy Villa Sabrido 

      7 months ago from Philippines

      Yeah ms Ruby, I am new here and exploring still. I am glad I stumbled upon your article.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Crezyl. I don't think we've met before. Happy to meet you and happy you liked my story. Thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shauna. So glad you thought my story was endearing. Thank you so much.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Nell. Happy you liked my happy ending.

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      Crezyl Joy Villa Sabrido 

      7 months ago from Philippines

      I enjoyed reading your story ❤ a love for this!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey. I rally enjoyed writing this story, so glad you liked it. Thank you.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 months ago from Central Florida

      I love a happy ending, Ruby. This is a very endearing story.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 months ago from England

      Ah such a lovely story! I am so glad there was a happy ending!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Such a sweet story, Ruby. I always look forward to your flash fiction andI really like this one. I'm ready for the next one!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Devika. Thank you. I hope you write that story of your uncle's adoption.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar. It is so good to see you. Thank you for the sweet words. So happy you liked my story. Hugs..

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      Devika Primić 

      7 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Ruby this story gives an amazing feel to the Christmas spirit. My uncle adopted his son and that is a different story to tell.

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      A realistic scenario penned in a hopeful and heartwarming manner, sweet Ruby.

      This is indeed a wonderful holiday story. Love you and hugs, mar

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello John. So happy that you liked my story. Thank you for encouraging comments.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Clive, yep, she got her mommy and pappy back. Woopie!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eric. Somehow I missed knowing you were adopted. I hope you will write about it. Thank you for the wonderfully written comment.

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      John Hansen 

      7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What a lovely, feel good story, Ruby. A great lead up to Christmas. Good work my friend.

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      Clive Williams 

      7 months ago from Jamaica

      Great happy ending. She got her mommy and pappy back.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Manatita, I thought it would make a nice Christmas story. So happy you came by Ruby's place. Peace...

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I have no point of reference for this, being early adopted and told so.I just cannot imagine I think your story brings light and is wonderfully written.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Pamela, glad you liked my story. Thank you.

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      manatita44 

      7 months ago from london

      Sweet and surreal at the same time, Ruby. Nice one!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a nice story with a wonderful happy ending. i really liked it.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill I thought about you when I wrote this. Your parents were special, adopting a blind child. You are so blessed. Happy you liked my story. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Any story about an orphanage with a happy ending is a good story for this foster kid. Loved, it, Ruby!

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