theinkwell fiction challenge | Pictures to my dear

in The Ink Well3 years ago (edited)

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Hello, Hivers!

Here is my entry for the Summer Fiction Challenge hosted by the Ink Well.

I would like to thank @raj808, @shanibeer, @stormlight24, @carolkean and @jayna for welcoming writers to this community, and helping them thrive in this field.

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Photo by Poh Wei Chuen on Unsplash

Vieux Lyon
France
2003

Dear Sophie,

I am writing to you from my balcony as the sun shines, lighting up the streets from where I can hear the sound of pedestrians talking and walking on the streets. As I drink my cup of coffee I smell the fresh-baked bread, which fills the air from the bakery downstairs.

Everything here is so authentic and unique. It reminds me of you.

I picture us strolling together, arm in arm on the Rue du Bœuf, and glancing at the colorful art galleries, coffee shops and restaurants.

You would have loved walking through the quiet and peaceful lanes of this old town, surrounded by ancient buildings, with cross alleys and narrow passageways that take you back to medieval times.

I still travel alone with my camera as my only companion. I am sending you some of the pictures that I took yesterday. I could witness the magnificence of the Saint Jean Cathedral which stands out in the heart of the town, and is surrounded by craft vendors, buskers, ice cream carts, and of course the tourists and visitors from everywhere.

It was beautiful. Though I must confess that age is having an effect on me. I'm not as energetic and enthusiastic as I was when I was your age. Sometimes I fail to see the charm of things. I guess something is missing.

I miss you.

I know I would see the magic again through your youthful curious eyes. I am certain that someday you will become a wonderful artist and your paintings will be on the walls of some of these art shops, or others in the world, reflecting the true spirit of God's creations.

I will take you to locations whose scenery will inspire you, and make up for the time we have lost. I am eager to see you graduating so we can start traveling the world together.

I'm leaving in a couple of hours to Fourvière Hill to visit the Basilica of Notre-Dame. I’m supposed to have the article ready for my editor this week. I’ll tell you all about it.

I carry your picture right next to my heart. I hope I will be back home soon.

Love you always,

Your father, Chris.

*PD: I've attached some pictures I took today. Hope you like them.

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Photo by Manuel Farnlacher on Flickr

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Photo by Pierre-Yves on Flickr

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Photo by Pierre-Yves on Flickr

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Version en español

Saludos!

A continuación, mi participación en el reto de ficción de la comunidad #theinkwell. Gracias especiales a dicha comunidad y a @rutablockchain por darme la bienvenida a #Hive.

Tema: viajes - hija

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Fotografías para mí querida.

Vieux Lyon
Francia
2003

Querida Sophie,

Te escribo desde mi balcón mientras la luz del sol empieza a iluminar las calles desde donde se oyen las voces de los transeúntes que a esta hora pasan por aquí. Dando un sorbo a mi café, siento el olor de pan recién horneado que viene de la panadería de abajo.

Todo aquí es tan único y auténtico. Me recuerda a ti.

Nos imagino paseando de los brazos por la Rue du Bœuf, y mirando las coloridas galerías de arte, los cafés y restaurantes.

Te hubiese encantado caminar por las tranquilas calles de este viejo pueblo, rodeadas de antiguos edificios, con callejones y pasadizos que te hacen sentir que viajas a tiempos medievales.

Aún viajo con mi cámara cómo única compañera. Te envío algunas de las fotos que tomé ayer. Pude ver la belleza de la Catedral de San Juan, que se eleva en el corazón del pueblo y está rodeada de vendedores artesanales, músicos callejeros, carritos de helado y desde luego, de turistas y visitantes de todas partes.

Fue hermoso. Aunque debo confesar que la edad me está pegando. No tengo tanta energía y no soy tan entusiasta como lo era cuando tenía tu edad. A veces no logro ver el encanto de las cosas. Supongo que algo me falta.

Me haces falta.

Sé que volvería a ver esa magia a través de tus ojos jóvenes y curiosos. Estoy seguro de que algún día te convertirás en una artista maravillosa y tus pinturas estarán colgadas en las paredes de algunas de estas galerías, o en otras en el mundo, y reflejarán la verdadera esencia de las creaciones de Dios.

Te llevaré a lugares cuyo paisaje te inspirará, y compensaré el tiempo perdido. Estoy ansioso de ver que te gradúes para comenzar a viajar juntos por el mundo.

Me iré en un par de horas para Fourvière Hill para visitar la Basílica de Notre Dame. Debo tener el artículo listo para mí editor esta semana. Luego te cuento.

Llevo tu foto junto a mi corazón. Espero volver a casa pronto.

Te ama siempre,

Tu padre, Cris.

Esta es la primera de una serie de publicaciones donde continuaré la historia.

Espero les haya gustado

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I loved this story. It shows that beautiful connection between father and daughter, and the love that can overcome the distance.
Thank you! I look forward to reading what comes next.
Good luck!

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This is quite charming, @lacrucita. I like letters and diary entries as a format for storytelling. If you ever decide to do more with this story, or one like it, you might consider how to add some drama and a story arc. For example, a set of letters back and forth could tell the story of something that is happening between the parent and child, or in their family.

Beautiful piece of writing!

Thank you, @Jayna!

Yes. Actually, after I finished the letter I thought about writing another one from another location. But your idea of letters back and forth adding conflict to it would make it more interesting and meaningful.

How can I make a series here in Hive?

Thank you for your support and advice.