Fandango’s Flashback Friday — March 12

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 12th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on March 12, 2018 on this blog.

What Could Have Been

9FDBF731-C65B-4D71-B659-458DD8A49BF2It seemed like such a simple decision. Two job offers. One would enable me to stay local. The other would require relocating to the other coast. Both jobs offers were good ones. So it was a matter of do I stay or do I go.

I had spent my entire life — from birth through college — in the same town. So I made the decision to take the more adventuresome route and to relocate. I packed up all of my meager possessions, said farewell to family and friends, and headed across the country to start my next chapter.

My biggest regret, though, was leaving Wendy behind. She and I had been the best of friends since we were little and our relationship turned romantic during the summer after we graduated from high school. We were almost inseparable during our college years and everyone, including both of us, was sure that we’d eventually marry.

But when I had to make my job choice, Wendy’s father was suffering from stage 4 pancreatic cancer and she would not leave his side. She didn’t want to hold me back or stand in the way of my dreams, so we agreed that I would take the job, relocate, and she would join me as soon as she could.

As they say, “the best laid plans.” Within six months of when I left town, Wendy’s father passed. But by the time Wendy was ready to come be with me, I had met someone new. She was not the homespun, girl-next-door type that Wendy was. She was wild, exotic, erotic. I was smitten. And then she got pregnant.

Wendy’s heart was broken when I told her I was a baby daddy and that I felt I had to do the right thing and marry the girl. I told her that I hoped we could still be friends, but she wouldn’t hear of it. She said she never wanted to see or hear from me again.

My new wife and I ended up having two more kids before she decided to be wild, exotic, erotic with some other guy. I got full custody of our three kids after the divorce. Ther’ve all grown up now and are out on their own.

Last month I got a call from one of my old high school buddies. He told me that Wendy had succumbed to the flu. I was devastated.

Now I’m a lonely old man who spends most of my time living with my memories and in thoughts of what could have been had I decided to take the job close to home and make a life together with Wendy.

Written for Butterfly Effect on Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. The prompt asks us to envision an alternate version of yourself whose life veers off course due to a single decision made at some point in your life.

33 thoughts on “Fandango’s Flashback Friday — March 12

  1. newepicauthor March 12, 2021 / 7:53 am

    Wild, exotic, and erotic is fine, but too wild, exotic, and erotic never works out.

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  2. The Abject Muse March 12, 2021 / 8:16 am

    How very sad. I’m sorry for your loss. If you hadn’t moved away though, you would’ve always wondered, what if? Good story & good writing!

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    • Fandango March 12, 2021 / 11:06 pm

      Thanks for your kind sentiments, but this post was fiction. It didn’t really happen to me personally, but the fact that you thought it was real is something I am flattered by.

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      • pendantry March 13, 2021 / 5:34 am

        OW! I had thought it was a real-life tale of your past, and was going to offer sympathy. Very well imagined!


        • Fandango March 13, 2021 / 10:27 am

          Nope, not real life, but I’m sure my character appreciates your offer of sympathy.

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    • Fandango March 12, 2021 / 11:13 pm

      Yep, maintaining a sense of humor over the past year certainly help us to get through it all.

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  3. pendantry March 13, 2021 / 5:37 am

    On the subject of ‘Flashback Friday’… can I interest you in a project of mine, which is kind of related, as it involves dredging up posts from the past? It’s called ?Random Raiders! — I do hope you don’t mind the plug! 🙂

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    • Fandango March 13, 2021 / 10:34 am

      I’m in! Do I start with one of your randomly selected posts?


      • pendantry March 13, 2021 / 12:07 pm

        Nooo… the deal is that I check out a ?random post on your site, and then (if you want to, and only then) you check out one on my site in return. And the game continues, as long as you want it to. Simples! 🙂

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  4. leigha66 March 16, 2021 / 12:19 am

    I really liked this story. I think we all have a few what if’s in our past we ponder on from time to time.

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