Friday Fictioneers for March 17th, 2023

Friday is another fictioneers day and Saint Paddy’s Day. I’m mostly Irish, but I never drink green beer and I seldom eat corned beef and cabbage. Who tells a better story than an old Irishman? Who does a better poem read than a young, attractive Irish actor?

Unable to find a suitable Irish lad or lass, Mistress of her storybook realm of fibs and fables, Rochelle, in her high magnificentness, dove down under to Australia. From there, she has shanghaied the prompt photo from Rowena Curtin to lead us into the temptation of creating a complete story with fewer than 101 words.

Click on Rowena’s pic to get the lowdown from Sydney on Rochelle’s blog page. When you’ve written your scoop, you can post it with all the other glorious wonders on inlinkz dot com (see Tim’s photo at the bottom of this blog).

If you can do this (and you certainly can), we promise to read it and comment (nicely) with hopes of delightful reciprocation.

PHOTO PROMPT © Rowena Curtin

Genre: Biographical Fiction
Title: Decisions Made
Word Count: 100


He felt betrayed. Trapped. Cheated. Conflicted. Confused. Rage simmered, but what burned him up most was his own self-pity. He was numb. What could he do?

Escape to Canada was wartime treason. If he joined the Army as a rifleman (eleven bravo), he’d be forced to kill or to die. He wanted neither. Everyone he knew would consider him a coward.

The walls closed in. What to do?

He could fight and die in a just war. This one was unjust.

He relented and lived through it all.

Then he wrote about it. Now they would all know his truth.


Look both ways because “the bad stuff never stops happening: it lives in its own dimension, replaying itself over and over.”
Mind the gaps because “you’re never more alive than when you’re almost dead.”
(Quotes are from The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien)


Click on Tim O’Brien to read more micro-fiction stories drawn from Rowena’s photo.

40 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers for March 17th, 2023

  1. Choosing the army, is choosing all that goes with. Not having the choice and being drafted, is not an easy pill to swallow. Here’s to the men and women who came out alive and had the guts to write about it.
    Nicely done, sir!

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      1. After I wrote British Isles, I googled it and it wasn’t included. Just now I flat out asked the question if Wales was part of it… and it is. 🙄
        I really should just trust my instinct, eh?

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  2. Good articulation of agonizing over a major crossroads in one’s life. We can look back forever and wonder if we chose best, but it can never be other than what it is (until time machines are invented.)

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  3. A heartfelt story, B. Poor guy didn’t really have any options. Conscription is terrible. My friend’s dad dodged ‘Nam by fleeing to Australia after his uncle (who fight in both world wars) said war was no good and don’t flee to Canada, they’ll still get you. His story always stuck with me.

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  4. Thank you Bill for your stringent dilemma story and thank you for Tim O’Brien’s quote. No way to avoid the evils of wo/man’s unrelentable urge to wage war, an inglorious trait of humanity.

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    1. Thank you, Mistress Rochelle.

      You can read (or listen to) The Chapter “On the Rainy River” for free on-line and then decide.




    1. I personally knew one. That is enough.

      Interesting. Tim and I graduated HS the same year (’64). He went to college, I enlisted in the Air Force. Four years later, Tim went to the Army, I started college.

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