A Brother’s Love

Posted: August 24, 2022 in Uncategorized

Whenever Samuel came for lunch, Ae-Cha Hanja ducked behind the counter as if looking for that one ingredient not yet displayed. No time for flirts. But he always came back. “Is Ae-Cha here today?” “Today?” “Now?” Never. Not for you. On Tuesday, a customer left his newspaper, open to the obituaries. Dead at 64, Samuel Hanja spent his last days looking for his sister Ae-Cha. 12 years younger than him. Born during the Korean War. At the age of 1, she went to America. He stayed behind. His friend quoted Samuel, “I never loved anyone more than my baby sister.”

  1. neilmacdon says:

    I wonder why she wouldn’t acknowledge her brother?

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    A tragic misunderstanding without a happy end. Well written.

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  3. Bear says:

    Wonderful tale, Lish. Finally got out to the mail and found two cards from you! WOW! Thanks. I need to sit me down with pen and paper… Soooo much has happened and is happening…

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  4. Awww this is so sad.

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  5. R.M. Carlson says:

    Nice story. Sad.

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  6. Lovely story, sad and perfectly observed

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  7. She must get flirted with a lot by older men. Older women used to flirt with me, but now that I’m in my mid-sixties, not so much.
    Sad tale. Too bad her never mentioned he was looking for his baby sister.

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  8. Bill says:

    Sad story, but well done and intriguing.


  9. If only she’d known who he really was. A sorrowful story indeed.

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  10. plaridel says:

    so sad they weren’t able to connect. 😦

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  11. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh my gosh…
    This is gut wrenching. Beautifully written. If only he’d said why he was looking for her.

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  12. msjadeli says:

    Alicia, this one is a real tearjerker from both of their perspectives 😦 Maybe in the next lifetime they will reunite.

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  13. James McEwan says:

    A heart breaking story that captures a timeless situation reverberating in many ways.

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  14. poetisatinta says:

    such a sad story really good take on the prompt πŸ™‚

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  15. If only she knew the truth.

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  16. Dear Lish,

    This really hits in the feels. I wonder what went through her mind as she read that newspaper article. Well done.



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  17. granonine says:

    Such a sad story, entirely believable. You just don’t always know who it is you’re dealing with!

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  18. Ah, the sad irony of it. A very well-crafted story, though, Alicia. I enjoyed it.

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  19. I felt Ae-chi’s pain when she realised who the man was. Unfortunately, life is full of misunderstandings. Brilliantly written, Alicia.


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