A Father’s Love


“I’m sorry dad, I failed to catch that fish,” Ernie confessed to his father Steve with a heavy heart.

Steve knew that if his son lost confidence now, he would never be able to make it in their world, so he brought his forehead close to his son’s, and touching it gently, said, “Don’t you worry my lad, there are plenty of other fish in the water. You’ll get the next one, I’m sure.”

Ernie’s eyes filled with tears and he almost choked up with emotions as he looked at his father and said, “I won’t let you down again Dad, I swear on everything that is dear to me.”

Steve smiled encouragingly, and said, “Your Mom would have been so proud of you had she still been alive.”

Wiping away a speck of tear that was threatening to spill out of his eyes, he continued gruffly, “Now look at what you have done, made me all maudlin. Go and get ready, before I make a complete fool of myself in public. I’ve identified a new target for you. Only daughter of a billionaire father, just coming out of a messy divorce, so emotionally vulnerable. Go get her tiger!”


199 words.

Written in response to the Sunday Photo Fiction challenge, hosted by Susan every week. The objective is to write a story in 200 words or less, inspired by the weekly photo prompt.


About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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8 Responses to A Father’s Love

  1. Akshata Ram says:

    That was quite something Anurag!

  2. Ed Hoornaert says:

    You do so well with the O.Henry twists.

  3. Em says:

    That was brilliant!

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