American Dream

Friday Fictioneers – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Rockefeller Center.

Where do I start with this week’s prompt? There is a lot going on in the picture, from the tall skyscraper in the background, the ‘See No Evil’ statue, the food stall and to our security guard having a rest in the evening heat.
My mind wandered over this for ages struggling to find a central focus and I kept returning to thoughts of loneliness during a night shift. But what of the people who inhabit this civilised affluent world?

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

The American Dream

‘How’s Li Ying doing?’
‘Chai, no sugar?’ said Mo Chou. ‘Li Ying, So proud, she in Medical College now.’
‘Ah Mo, your tea’s the best,’ said Tyler.
‘And your Alexis?’ Mo passed the drink. ‘You want, pretzel?’
‘She’s her dream job down Broad Street with Sullivan’s.’ He pushed his hat back. ‘And yea, her fancy shoes cost my Walmart check.’
‘You want butter or maple?’ Mo dribbled the syrup. ‘Li Ying soon be a doctor.’
‘Ah Mo, we’ve done well.’ He pointed his pretzel at the statue. ‘Our kids, them “see no evil”, but we know Mo. Yea we know.’

19 responses to “American Dream

  1. Interesting dialogue. I’d have liked to know more about the evil they’re seen

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    • I tried to reflect the first immigrant culture followed by the well to do second generation that benefit from their fathers/mothers struggles with two or three jobs. a lot to get into a few words.
      Thanks for reading. I’ll get round to viewing the other contributions later today.

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  2. I like this take, James. I can picture the conversation taking place.

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  3. Dear James,

    Ah the American dream. I loved the dialogue. Good on both of their daughters. Of course I’m cheering for Li Ying. 😀



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  4. typical immigrant experience I know full well. 🙂

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  5. A lovely story told in dialogue, James. That’s often how it happens. The first generation. saves and sends their children to school so they get better jobs. It doesn’t always turn out that way, but sometimes it does and that’s what many parents strive for. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  6. Great character interaction. Realistic.

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  7. Realistic dialogue between two immigrants who want the best for their kids. Like Neil, I’d like to know more about the evil they see which their daughters do not.

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  8. This could be a conversation between many immigrants. They all come to the US for the American Dream. Your showcased this extremely well, James. I’d have a difficult time trying to figure out how to write this story with an Asian accent. Well-done …
    Isadora 😎

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  9. I really enjoyed their interaction. The accents, their struggles to make a better life for their kids, and the heart shone through.

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  10. Gave me a smile as I pictured the conversation. I haven’t had time to do Rochelle’s challenge in a couple of weeks, so busy with a new newsletter, writing a prequel novella to one of my mystery series, and keeping up with the Friday #fotoflash on my site and hosting the Sunday Photo Fiction site. I hope to get back to it soon.

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  11. A heartfelt story, James. I like the affectionate dialogue between the two.

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  12. Beautiful piece, James. Hope in the future

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  13. Proud parents or envious parents comparing notes!

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  14. Mo is Vietnamese, isn’t she? Great story and the last line is perfect.

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