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Rated: E · Short Story · Community · #2188919
A woman going to work and becomes friendly with a homeless person
On a Cold New England Day

Every morning as I walked to work I passed a homeless women sitting on the sidewalk. She huddled beneath two coats to keep warm during the cold New England winter. I usually ignored her as I hurried to start my day, however, I always felt guilty acting as if she didn’t exist.

One morning, I made eye contact and smiled at her. As I put some change in her collection cup, I introduced myself. She told me her name was Ellen.

I continued to contribute to Ellen’s collection cup for the next several weeks but I became curious about her situation. As I became more comfortable I asked to hear about her story.

“I fell on hard times and before I knew it I was evicted,” Ellen stated.

Her plight tugs at my heart strings as I asked, “How can I help you?”

“I’m doing OK, I get my meals at the local soup kitchen and I have a bed at the homeless shelter where I can also take a shower, but we can only be at the shelter from 6 pm to 8 am.” She responded.

Feeling a lump form on my throat, I didn’t know what to say.

Breaking the silence that filled the air, Ellen said, “You know what I miss?”

“What’s that?” I responded.


“What type of books do you like?”

“I used to love reading historical fiction.”

When I returned home that evening, I went through a pile of books I was planning on donating to the library. I found a bestselling paperback that happened to be a historical fiction.

The next morning as I headed to work, instead of adding change to Ellen’s collection jar I handed her the book. The look of gratitude in Ellen’s eye’s warmed my heart on that cold New England day.

WC: 299
Prompt: write a story about a homeless person
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