Friday Fictioneers – Air Show

Photo Prompt © Ted Strutz

There are spitfires over my garden. Mrs Christie next door cheers.

“Hello,” I say. And then I add “Magnificent aren’t they?”

There’s a pause as she eyes me. “Kept us safe in the War. The Few.”

I sing “There’ll be blue birds over, the white cliffs of Dover.”

That seems to do it. She grudgingly invites me in for a nice cup of tea.

Spitfires don’t bother me. But when the helicopter comes over, I again see the barrel bomb falling and taste the choking gas.

“It must be hard for you people,” she says, and I feel utterly alone.


Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here


65 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Air Show

  1. A deceptively carefree conversation then his troubled mind plummets as it always will. The fact that Mrs Christie is uneasy but ultimately empathetic heightens the sadness. Subtle. So well written.

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  2. Excellent depiction of PTSD. Stark contrast the romance of war. That said, the sound of a Rolls Royce-Merlin engine will bring me running out of the house. I recall once hearing two of them. I raced into the yard and was rewarded with the sight of a Spitfire and a Mustang flying in formation. There was a local airshow that weekend.

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  3. Well done, Neil. Am I correct in thinking that the narrator might have been German? Or, have I got the wrong end of the stick? That there’s that sense of acceptance and being neighbours but not quite. That there’ll always be that line in the sand.
    Best wishes,

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  4. Expertly written, Neil. Using the shared experience of war – old Mrs Christie’s experience in WW2 and the narrator’s in the current Syrian conflict – you show that despite this common bond, the human tendency to classify ‘us and them’ is too strong for Mrs Christie to overcome. What a sickening moment that must have been for the narrator. Really good piece – terrific writing.

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  5. The sound of helicopters is so different and does provoke different emotion and feeling. The remembrance in this giving an insight into your protagonist’s past is so well done.

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