Immigration dreams

For many generations her copper gown had signalled hope for immigrants. After days at sea, suffering from rotten food, seasickness and scurvy this sight was the start of an American Dream.

Captain Jason had been through it too and now lived well in his Manhattan condo.The mission had been successful and would add substantially to his wealth. Maybe he could buy the Jaguar his wife craved.

The four girls below had suffered as all immigrants but they could not share the hopeful view of Liberty Island, and any dreams would soon be crushed in seedy rooms of underground bordellos.

Copyright – Jan Wayne Fields

Copyright – Jan Wayne Fields

This was one of my favorite prompts and I decided to repost my old story with just a few editing changes.

Friday Fictioneers is a group of writers captained by Rochelle who is now working hard in writing the last of trilogy. I’m currently reading her second book.
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July 20, 2016

65 responses to “Immigration dreams

  1. Tragic and yet it happens all around us every day, doesn’t it? The powerless are so easy to manipulate. A sad and timely story, Bjorn

  2. I have personally known a family that came to America and they just couldn’t make it work. That happens a lot of times. Their expectations were too unrealistic, the kids went crazy, the wife went back and only one stayed. Oh well …

    Well done!

  3. You set this story up well with the opening paragraph. Hope and dreams keeps us going. So sad that these young girls had theirs stolen.

  4. Dear Björn,

    It sounds as if the captain might be having a surge of conscience. At least I hope so and that he can do something to rescue those poor girls. Well done. And always happy to hear someone’s reading my book. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    • I wonder if there is any conscience that not a drive with the jaguar can dull… I try to read it, but I don’t have a kindle so I have to read it on my ipad… But I read so little beyond what’s on blogs these days-

  5. What a sad story. The sad fate of those four girls is more tragic as they pass by the symbol of hope and freedom – although unseen.

  6. It’s so sad that some are promised a bright future and then end up worse off, or a different kind of horror perhaps. This is a great prompt to revisit. Well done.

  7. Good story, Bjorn. It puts an entirely different slant on passing by Lady Liberty. Let’s hope men like the Captain in your story ends up in jail for a long time. Good writing. —- Suzanne

  8. A crushing end about crushed dreams…it’s interesting that this picture brought on tales of expectations–all different expectations and different results–and a little about the backstories of those who’ve arrived at the moment of immediate anticipation. Good job bringing in the brutality. Some stories definitely need it.

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