Sören Valor – PromptlySusan #18

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“There’s nothing you could have done, Sören,” Astrid consoled as she kneaded her grieving son’s shoulder. Sören hung his head in misery. “Somehow the police suspected Becky’s family of sedition or something evil, you couldn’t have stopped them.”

“Mor, I know I couldn’t have stopped them, but I still feel guilty,” and he slouched his shoulders as if to show his mor the weight of his blame.

“Last week Becky said she was afraid that the authorities would make up some story and come for them. I told her she was being silly. She insisted that she thought someone would log make-believe charges against her parents and Mor…” the boy paused for breath. “Mor, I told her to knock it off then I acted like a träskalle and quoted Decartes at her! I said, ‘Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.’ Aww Mor, how could I be such a dolt, like I hadn’t a loving bone in my body!”

“Sören,” his mother spoke crisply with a tone the boy found jarring, “we do not know the future. Remember Proverbs 19:21. ‘Many plans are in a person’s mind, but the Lord’s purpose will succeed.’ In other words, son, you spoke with the knowledge you had and you had no ill intent. Whatever happens will be according to God. Are you saying you have better plans than our Lord?”

“No Mor, no, not that at all,” he stumbled, “I still feel awful.”

Astrid hid her small smile. Her fingers found their way into his scruffy mop. “Älskad, my loved one, you are becoming a man of valor, maturing into a courageous American, just like your father.”


Älskad: beloved
träskalle: dolt
Mor: mother, mom 


  • Poetry: epitaph
  • Prose: fiction
  • All Words: mature, show, taxi, jarring
  • Phrase: Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power. –Rene Decartes
  • Theme:  choices

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