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Challenge word: passion
Word count: 100

The Things That Remain

John cradled the well-worn Father's Day card, gently tracing the hand-colored Impala, crayon remnants clinging to his fingertip…running a thumb over smiling stick figures playing tee-ball…lingering on childishly-penned words.

Fire had long ago devoured John's life; the father he'd been—coach, playmate, daddy—had died with Mary that day.

Yet one thing remained.

Flames had seared passionate devotion into Dean's soul, transforming sturdy coal of son's affection into diamond-hard loyalty and love that the whole world could crack itself against without chipping.

In a life that offered meager comfort, John knew…his son's love had been his saving grace.