The Right Thing


“I’ll take the summer off and get it done,” Meyer stated. 

“It will take more than a summer,” Bette pointed out. She loved his enthusiasm. She liked half-done projects less. And this one mattered. Immensely.

Meyer’s intended retort fizzled at the look in his wife’s eyes. Love lived there. Love will have to live here, too.

“It has good bones,” he said instead.

“All it is, is bones,” she chuckled. “More likely we’re looking at two years.”

Meyer nodded. “We’ll liquidate other holdings.”

He wrapped an arm around his wife. “It is the right thing, Bette, to build this orphanage.”




For Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers

Photo prompt: © J Hardy Carroll

50 thoughts on “The Right Thing

  1. Wonderful story with a pleasant ending, Na’ama, but there is work to be done.
    In so many cases the building must be torn down and replaced. I’m hopeful that they have the assets (or the financial sources) and influence to get it done, either way. 🙂

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    • Yes, lots of work to be done. A couple of years, probably. Not a summer, for sure, as Bette knows. And, I think they have the assets, by divesting of other holdings and pulling their money to make this happen. Hopefully without having to tear the whole building down. 🙂

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    • 🙂 Thanks, Laurie! I think they are a decent pair, these two! 🙂 Glad you liked! And, yes, I often see derelict shells of houses and think to myself, “why don’t people turn them into places where others can live, and where the less fortunate have a chance?” So … Yeah.


  2. Na’ama Y’karah,

    Here I am trailing behind the 8 Ball once more. Annie is taking a lot of time…good time though. I have to say I’m impressed with my editor. Enougjh about me. You story is a sweet one. I love the interaction between them and the slow reveal of their purpose. As always, nicely done.



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