Daniel shook snow off his pant leg as he crossed the street, not noticing until he had reached the sidewalk that Miriam was still standing outside their car, her face filled with anxiety.
“You OK?” Daniel squinted in the late afternoon sunlight.
“I… didn’t think it would be this hard.” She brushed away a lock of hair blown across her face. “Weddings, bar mitzvahs — ”
“B’nai mitzvah, dear.”
“Right. But a Shabbat service? Not since I was eight. I don’t feel like I belong here.”
Daniel held out his hand. “If you choose to be by my side, you belong anywhere I’ll go.”
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Of course, the first thing I did was look up B’nai Mitzvah. Thank you for contributing to my vocabulary 🙂
Then I went back and read it again, to get the real feel of the piece, and I loved the gentleness of Daniel at the end. Well done.
Glad to help broaden your word knowledge, and thanks for the kind words
The love shines through, they belong together, everything else follows from that. Lovely story.
Well done! Enjoyed!!
True love bridges all religions, and all trepidations.
Love conquers all.
I can’t decide if Daniel is lovely at the end, or slightly sinister and controlling… I’m hoping he just helping her do what she wants to do and not in some way controlling her!
Glad you picked up on the ambiguous resolution. I wanted to show both the love, and the tension, between them.
Good Daniel understands and agrees to be with Miriam.