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Posted: July 15, 2015 in Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT- © Sandra Crook

Emile left Marcoles on a stolen bike. 400 miles, six flat tires, hundreds of mosquito bites and one sunburn later he stood on Rue Molière hoping Yvette still occupied the small room on the second floor. He had such news! Their parents, yes, both of them, were alive – freed from Auschwitz in January. Emile could hardly believe it.
“Yvette!” he cried. “Yvette!”
The window opened. A face appeared. “Silence, idiot! Yvette is gone.”
“Gone? Gone where?” Emile shouted.
“The SS shot her along with the other Jew rats taking up space in this building.”
Emile’s heart sank. “When?”
“January.”
The window slammed shut.

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Comments
  1. Jan Brown says:

    How tragic. A very impactful story, and an important topic. Prejudice and intolerance of different religions still haunt us today.

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  2. Excellent story but so tragic! Very powerful.

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  3. Sandra says:

    Such a very sad story.

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  4. micklively says:

    Anti semitism didn’t start or end with the Nazis.
    Good piece.

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  5. Gosh. So poignant. The way you’ve condensed everything into 100 or so words makes it even more powerful.

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  6. That packs a punch – really well done.

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  7. Dear Alicia,

    My heart plummeted with the slam of the window. We chose the same era this week. Very well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  8. Horus says:

    cocktail of news, good marred by the bad – nice one Alicia !

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  9. A sad story well told.

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  10. rgayer55 says:

    How horrible, the timing of her death just made it worse. Powerful tale, Alicia.

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  11. elmowrites says:

    Ouch. Hideous stuff and yet almost certainly true for some families at that time. You captured the change of mood beautifully

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  12. Ula says:

    What a heartbreaking well-written story. My heart sank at the end.

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  13. gahlearner says:

    Sadly realistic and heartbreaking in its details. Very good story.

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  14. Well written and so sad. A terrible end to his journey

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  15. Dale says:

    Did you hear the thud? My heart fell. So, so very well done…

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  16. Amy Reese says:

    What devastating news, Alicia. That must have shattered him. At least he has his good news about his parents. Such a sad tale and very well done. War is horrible.

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  17. draliman says:

    Devastating news after such hardship.

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  18. Melanie says:

    Such joy shattered in an instant.
    I just finished reading “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. It’s a different perspective on WWII than I’ve encountered before. It’s very good. Very very good.

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    • I read that! It was VERY good. Thanks for stopping by and reading. Any book suggestions are always welcome. Alicia

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      • Melanie says:

        Isn’t it fantastic! So different. I devour books. I can’t get enough. Another one I read recently that I loved was “The Secret of Magic” by Deborah Johnson set in 1946 Mississippi. I’m reading Claire Fuller’s book now.

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  19. Honie Briggs says:

    The abrupt ending really makes an impact. Very well done.

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  20. Tough realistic story, very well rendered. Thanks, Alicia!

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  21. Margaret says:

    Powerful. Great transition from his joyful arrival to the slamming of the window and the ugliness of the woman’s words. Well told.

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  22. A sad occurrence repeated too many times, well written.

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  23. A very powerful story and such a sad ending. well done

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  24. MissTiffany says:

    How terrible! Victory here is indeed bittersweet. Well told.

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  25. What a sad, sad story. So much hatred and evil and we learned so little, what a truly tragic species we are. Excellent writing.

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  26. Good and powerful, but sad story, Alicia. I can imagine such things happened time and time again. Well done. ——- Suzanne

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