Friday Fictioneers: Absolutely Nothing

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who provides us with a photo prompt. Each week’s challenge is to write a 100-word story inspired by the photo.


PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

Absolutely Nothing

It was a dark, overcast, drizzly day. The dedication of a new war memorial is, by its nature, a somber event, and the weather was accommodating to the inherent mood. Widows, widowers, friends, and family members of the people reduced to names engraved on the plaques that adorned the stone monument filled the seats provided.

Umbrellas kept heads dry. Handkerchiefs kept faces dry. Politicians spoke of sacrifice, duty, and devotion to one’s country. Survivors spoke of the horrors of war. Family members spoke of loss.

The ceremony ended abruptly when word came down that another war had just broken out.

15 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Absolutely Nothing

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      1. I’m not sure humanity has any innate needs (other than food, water, shelter, comfort). We’re a plastic animal, engineered by evolution to learn and form culture rather than preprogrammed. We’re capable of great savagery and of great tenderness depending on the circumstances culture and the surroundings of other cultyres provide us

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  1. Another time I replace ‘dear’ with “Oh Nobbin’,

    That last line is a sucker punch to a well written story. I enjoyed the videos also. Both are two of my favorite artists and songs. I hope your holiday has been a good one. Love your dog pictures.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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