326: Footprints In The Sand

~Footprints in the Sand~

While Natascha is sleeping in a Vienna airport hotel I thought I would have a go at Frank Angle’s challenge of 150 words. Β Natascha will be checking-in at 3 AM for her flight to Malaga, arriving at my home around midday today.

So here goes >>>

The old man had planned this outing with his grandson for months. Β He knew exactly where to take the young boy. Β Treasure Island was the beach that he played on as a child, imagining Pirates, great battles and treasures lost and found. Β He would take his grandson on the journey he played seventy four years ago.

The great day arrived. Β The day was perfect as he set out with his grandson along the beach telling stories of gold, dubloons and cutlasses.

To the old man the day was perfect. Β The slight breeze filled the sails while the Jolly Roger flapped the skull and cross bones.

He never felt the searing white flash !

World War Three was started and finished in an instant. Β All that was left of humanity was footprints in the sand.

(133 words)

Ralph xox ❀

I may not be able to answer any comments as real life and Natascha must come first now.

 

112 Comments on “326: Footprints In The Sand

    • Hello Leslie πŸ™‚
      I am in total agreement with you my friend. I hope it never happens too.
      Natascha is now in a taxi on the way to check-in at Vienna airport.. I am not going to get any sleep as she knows I will be with her all the way, watching every move her aircraft takes, even takeoff and landing…. on
      https://www.flightradar24.com
      which will be a lot of fun for me as well..
      Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello Dale πŸ™‚
      Wow ! Luckily I did see that one coming. lol
      Thank you so much. Natascha should be with me within 8 1/2 hours. How exciting for both of us !
      Take care.. Ralph xox ❀

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      • Hello Ralph,
        Pleasure to meet you.
        Yes, it is a good thing you did!
        Enjoy your reunion!
        Dal xo

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      • Hi Dale πŸ™‚

        Nice meeting you too, my new friend, thank you so much, we’re having a wonderful reunion.

        Take care, Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello Lynne πŸ™‚
      How lovely ! You are so sweet. Thank you my friend πŸ™‚
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello dear Resa πŸ™‚
      WOW Fabulous ? Does that refer to me or to the story ? lol
      Hey, your story was really great. I enjoyed it.
      Love and a big hug. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello Annette πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your take on the story and yes,, I am in a state of nervous excited anticipation of Natascha’s arrival at my home here in Spain.
      Big hug for you my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello YC πŸ™‚
      *Blushing* Thank you so much for your great comment my friend. I agree, I hope it will never happen.
      Take care. Ralph πŸ™‚

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    • Hello Widdershins πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much my friend, I am so pleased that you enjoyed this story.
      I love your take on anticipation.. We are both working on the best feeling.. lol
      Take care Widdershins. Ralph πŸ™‚

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  1. Wishing you and Natasha a fabulous time together.xπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸ˜»πŸ˜ΈπŸ’•πŸ’•

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    • Hi there my dear friend! Natascha here, writing from Ralph’s account.

      Thanks lots for your sweet comment, we’re enjoying our time and it couldn’t be any more beautiful and lovely. We’re both totally happy, and the cats are as well. Murli is doing perfectly fine too at home with my Dad, thankfully. Really glad that she’s happy despite not being used to being without me.

      Wishing you a lovely day,
      Natascha and Ralph ❀

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    • Hello dear Ute πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Natascha has been here for nearly a week now, and we’re both having a fantastic time getting to know each other and realising how similar we are.

      Thank you for liking the story

      Love, Ralph xox ❀

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  2. Ralph, I am deeply touched by your story. So sweet and then annihilation.

    Of course real life and Natasha will come first now, please just let us know at some stage that she arrived and you both sang with joy.
    miriam

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    • Hello Miriam πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for your kind words.

      That’s true, my mind has been totally concentrating on Natascha being here, and blogging had to go on the backburner.

      It has been a wonderful experience for us, to meet and be together.

      Love, Ralph xox ❀

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  3. Natascha’s flight approaching Barcelona, Spain, a few minutes ago. Hola amiga. Yay !
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  4. Yikes!! Terrific story, Ralph and one that will stay with me for a long time! I hope we get to see more of your fiction in the future, it’s a treat to read! Now, go and live real life…wishing you and Natasha a most wonderful time together!! πŸ˜€β€οΈ

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    • Hello Annika πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your input concerning this post as it is lovely to read what you have to say..
      Natascha and I are having a great time and I am afraid that blogging must come second to our real life.
      Have a lovely Sunday my friend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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  5. she should be there by now, and let us know how things go when you have time, you two crazy kids! p.s. i love the new header on your blog, includes all of you )

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    • Hello Beth πŸ™‚
      Natascha has been here for 10 days so I am a little late in replying to your comment. Ooops ! Real life has taken precedence and we are both having a wonderful time here in Spain.
      Thank you. I must say that I had a bit of fun creating the header.
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello MM πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for telling me how you feel about reading this post my friend. I hope it doesn’t happen too.
      And thank you for your wishes.. Natascha and I are meant to be together and hope someday that it will be possible.
      I hope Henri and you are having a lovely Sunday.
      Take care. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello Jan πŸ™‚
      I totally agree with you as it is the best way to go if those crazies go matter than normal.
      Thank you so much. Natascha and I are having a wonderful time together and enjoying each other’s company immensely. It will be a sad day when she returns to Austria in a couple of weeks.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❀

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  6. Well done – one of the best! With everything going on in the US that is strange these days, let us hope WWIII is never started. Thank you for visiting my contribution to Frank’s challenge. Enjoy your time with Natasha!

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    • Hello Jo πŸ™‚
      I agree, there are many strange politicians around the world at the moment and anything including nuclear war is on the table. I also hope that it never happens.
      I must say that I did enjoy your contribution..
      Thank you. Natascha and I are enjoying each other’s company immensely.
      Take care. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello Tanya πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your great comment my friend. I really do hope that these crazy politicians go away and leave the rest of us in peace.
      Over the days that Natascha has been with me in Spain we are becoming very close and as you say, enjoying every minute.
      Sorry I have been so long in replying, but blogging has gone on the back burner for a few days.
      Big hug for you my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello Adele πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment my friend. Both Natascha and I are having a great time together and we really don’t like the idea of her returning to Austria in 12 days time.
      I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday evening dear Adele.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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      • I hated it too when Becca had to go back but soon she came back up the road and stayed. She hasn’t moved out since. Love to you both. have a wonderful time together. x

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      • I am so pleased that your similar story had a happy ending dear Adele. I do hope the same happens with Natascha and I. xox

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    • Ooops, sorry Max ! I really must get out of bed occasionally and check my inbox ! πŸ˜‰ lol
      Have fun in the UK my friend..
      Love Ralph xox ❀

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  7. What a moving and most beautiful story Ralph. Wishing you tons of fun with your girl. Looking forward to hearing all about it! ❀ Hugs xo

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    • Hello Debby πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for telling me how you feel about my story.
      Fun is exactly the right word. Natascha and I are getting on really well and what is amazing is that we are so much alike, enjoy the same things as if we were twins. We are spending the day as tourists in Ronda tomorrow and we are really looking forward to the day out.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❀

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      • HI Ralph! So glad to hear you two are having a blast. Don’t think I didn’t notice you hadn’t been around, lol. πŸ™‚ ❀ Enjoy life my friend. πŸ™‚ xxxoo

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    • Hello Christy πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment my friend. Well, I had to do something while waiting for Natascha to wake up for her flight. Everything went well and she arrived at my home safe and sound. Since then we have been enjoying every moment together.
      Have a lovely Sunday evening dear friend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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  10. Hello Ralph. Great story – you set the scene beautifully…but I hope it doesn’t ever happen!
    By now you and Natascha will be together and learning all about each other. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful time together. Looking forward to hearing your stories πŸ™‚
    Carly

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    • Hello Carly πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment my friend and I hope it never happens too !
      We are both having a wonderful time together and are amazed at how similar are thoughts and deeds are. There is bound to be more to come about us in future posts.
      I hope today is a good day for you and thank God for air conditioning. lol
      Big hug.. Ralph xox ❀

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      • Oh, i’m so happy you are enjoying your time together πŸ™‚ I will look forward to reading your stories!
        I am currently in England, staying with my sister for a while, and escaping the Madrid heat! – It is raining here, and cool!!
        Make sure you stay cool, and maybe eat some ice cream πŸ˜‰
        Take care
        – Carly

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  11. Wow – that was a very ‘poignant’ story Ralph.. Let’s hope it’s not in our lifetime or the time of our grandchildren. Enjoy creating wonderful memories with Natascha.. xx

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    • Hello Wendy πŸ™‚
      I totally agree with you and hope it never happens in real life.
      Yes, we are having a wonderful memories here in Spain.
      Lots of hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello Linda πŸ™‚
      That is very kind of you to ask about us. Natascha and I are really enjoying being together. It’s amazing how natural and easy being together has turned out to be and I am sure that even after she returns to Austria that our life together will continue.
      That a lovely day my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello MVBFM πŸ™‚
      I am so pleased that you enjoyed this short story my friend and yes, the best story is brewing indeed.
      Thank you so much for your lovely words my friend.
      I hope you have a lovely week. Ralph xox ❀

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      • Of course, you know I am one of the many devastated ones, but not so much that I don’t wish you and your lovely friend the best. πŸ™‚ You will always be My Favorite Ralph forever. πŸ™‚ xxx

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    • Hi dear Katie πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and yes, we are both having a great time together here in Spain.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❀

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  12. I was thinking of you two today. Hoping all your dreams are coming true and you’re having a wonderful time together!!! Xx

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    • Hello Grainne πŸ™‚
      Awww ! How sweet of you to be thinking about us and for making this wonderful comment. Yes, being together has gone way beyond our wildest expectations and we are so happy together, even Sonic and Samantha love Natascha.
      Have a lovely evening my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello Juls πŸ™‚
      Sorry, too busy being loved up to comment (whatever loved up means !) lol
      Seriously Natascha and I are really enjoying each other’s company and don’t want it to stop.
      Thank you so much for taking grass (that was my voice/typing app that wrote “grass”) ……….. Try again ! Thank you so much
      for taking interest in how Natascha and I are getting on.. We are so much in love that I am getting really good at screwing up comment replies.
      I do hope that you are having a better day today my friend.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❀

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  13. Suspense mystery and horror stories woven together. Very futuristic and dystopian, Ralph.
    This was mainly very sad. Well written and meaningful, since our world could be blown up in not too many years, due to extremism and reactionary leaders.
    Hugs to you and Natascha! xoxo πŸ’–πŸ’πŸ’“

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    • Hello dear Robin πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for telling me how you feel about this short story. I must admit it came from nowhere and only took me a few minutes to write (using my one finger pecking method of typing which I learnt at the Trump School of Typing. lol).
      I totally agree with you about the political egoistic idiots that are running most countries.
      Have a lovely new week dear friend.
      Love Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello Simone πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and I really do appreciate what you have to say about this short story.
      Not knowing exactly what you mean about scars, I have a feeling that you and my new girlfriend Natascha have a lot in common as her hormones went mad when she was 15 and has countless marks on her arms which I now call “Ralph’s tribal markings” that makes her feel so much better about them.
      Take care my new friend.
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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      • Tribal marks!!! There is something! I like that thought…….. mine are rather battle scars, but this is intriguing since both have to be “deserved/earned” . So she must also be wise, as well as beautiful. Love and Stenght! Happy days to you both. Simone

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      • All Natascha needs is reassurance that it’s okay and to me that she is perfect. I would like to say the same to you Simone and wish you well and the happiness you deserve. ❀

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    • Hello Valentina πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment and advice my friend. Both Natascha and I have enjoyed each other’s company tremendously while she has been with me here in Spain. Four days to go before she returns to Austria. A sad day.
      I have a lovely new week my friend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello Liz πŸ™‚
      Yes, Natascha arrived on 12 July and she is returning to Austria very early this Friday morning. A sad day ! Even so, we have had a wonderful three weeks together which will not be the last by any means.
      Thank you for asking and being curious my friend.
      Take care. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello Shera πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment and video. Summer here in southern Spain as been very hot so far and it looks like it will continue for a few more months.
      Have a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello Diana πŸ™‚
      The nuclear holocaust ending came to mind as soon as I saw the photograph, so I had to write it. Only took a few minutes !
      Who is Donald Trump ? lol
      I love your advice about living for the day with Natascha πŸ™‚
      Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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