Playing the Game

Copyright Na’ama Yehuda

It wasn’t as though Emily needed a friend. 

It was just that you were less conspicuous if you had one.

Emily’s motives eventually became clear to her ‘friends’, who then deserted her.   The trick was anticipating that moment, thus appearing to be the one to make the break.  And she became good at that.

Boyfriends, and then husbands successively became a necessity.  These were more needy than her ‘friends’ and life was not all plain sailing.

Until it was.

And now her pastor say she’ll find a friend in Jesus.

Emily wonders.

Because old age can be a lonely business.

Thanks to Rochelle, for all the work she puts into leading the Friday Fictioneers. Click on the link to read stories from the rest of the gang.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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45 Responses to Playing the Game

  1. Don’t need to be old to be alone. Cherish one of those husbands. good story!


  2. Tannille says:

    Perhaps Jesus will be like her other “friends”. Maybe not…


  3. neilmacdon says:

    It’s probably way too late for Emily to change


  4. Oh Emily, with years none the wiser.


  5. Dear Sandra,

    The number of friends I’ve said a permanent farewell to has grown the older I get. I feel for Emily. Perhaps she played the game too well…or not well enough. Nicely done.



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  6. James McEwan says:

    Sounds as if she has had a full life of ups and downs, but being in charge. I think the pastor better watch out, he could be her last challenge.

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  7. CGraith says:

    But is she ready to see her need for a true friend?


  8. elmowrites says:

    Oh dear, I think perhaps she needed a friend more than she realised.


  9. Iain Kelly says:

    Too late, she has discovered her regrets. Nicely done.


  10. michael1148humphris says:

    It sounds like Emily still has a lot to learn.


  11. msjadeli says:

    Complex character study. You’re very good at writing them.


  12. She obviously likes being alone, and I understand that. I’m just wondering if Jesus is as inconspicuous as she might think.

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  13. Jesus is clearly only one in a long line – she’ll tire of Him too.


  14. Bill says:

    Spot on, Sandra. Isn’t it the most conspicuous person in the restaurant the one eating alone? May loners everywhere (un)unite. 🙂


  15. A lot is going on in this piece. I feel that Emily may not have much self-confidence or maybe too much. Perhaps friendship and marriage drag her down. Thanks for making me wonder.


  16. athling2001 says:

    I feel for Jesus. Well done.


  17. Poor thing didn’t know that she was being played by herself …


  18. granonine says:

    Seems to me the problem is with Emily, which leads me to wonder how she’ll deal with trying to be friends with someone she can’t see!


  19. pennygadd51 says:

    This is wonderful, Sandra, so full of resonances. Poor Emily! I expect she’ll finish as a posthumous paragraph in the local newspaper.


  20. Dale says:

    Excellent character study. Methinks she was too busy playing a game instead of living her true life and maybe finding happiness…


  21. Nobbinmaug says:

    The social game can be a hard one to play, and it gets harder as we get older.


  22. What a friend we have in Jesus! She should heed the words of the hymn. Perhaps then she’ll have a friend to cherish.


  23. plaridel says:

    such is life. 🙂


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