Three votive candles--Al Forbes--June 12th-2016This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–June 12th, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words

TRUE FAITH by P.S. Joshi

When Laura O’Neal’s son, Bert, joined the U.S. Army in WWII, she placed him in God’s hands.

Every day on her way to work in a city store she went to morning Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Church.

Every evening after work and dinner, she lit a candle on a small table near her favorite chair in the living room. Too tired to kneel from being on her feet all day selling dresses, she sat and took her old wooden rosary from the same table. She began the prayers by asking the Virgin Mary to pray for her Bert and intercede for him with her, Mary’s son, Jesus.

Laura’s husband had died years before so she felt it was her responsibility to pray hard for their beloved child. Anyone seeing the rosary could tell how many prayers had been sent heavenward. The wood had been worn down from passing through her fingers.

Bert did return unharmed. He told someone how once after spotting the range for the big guns he’d fallen asleep out of sheer fatigue. He woke up to find the building almost shot from under him. With great difficulty, he climbed down through it to the ground.




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 Copyright: Barbara Beacham

This is my weekly contribution to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara Beacham. Every Monday, Barb supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box to read the other stories.

The link for all the other stories is as follows:

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 4+13+150=167 Words


A body suddenly crashed through a plate glass window at the Brigader’s house.

The general shot up like a broken bow string, immediately awake. His responses were sharpened by battlefield experiences. His wife just groaned and rolled over, still sleeping off the alcohol she’d consumed.

The party last night had been a triumph; the front room had been cleaned by the caterers before they left. The general could afford the best as his books about his battle experiences had been huge successes.

He rolled out of bed, slid his feet into his comfortable old slippers, and went to check the living room.

In front of the broken window was a body, bullet hole in the head, handgun nearby. The brigadier’s bodyguard was squatting alongside.

“He’s the one who sent threatening letters, sir. One of your troops who suffered from battle fatigue, and he was aiming at me.”

The general sighed. “Poor man. Wounded since then, and now he’s another war fatality.

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