Posted: June 28, 2017 in Friday Fictioneers
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The stones rang with laughter, the sound of bells and shouts from women so lonely they felt they would never be whole again. Battles had raged for five years, not a man remained in the village. On nights flush with drunken soldiers from foreign countries chickens and pigs were slaughtered, family quilts used for tents. Now, now, their men were only ten miles out, physically and mentally broken and bent. But these women were prepared, for they adored their men and no-longer-boys. Mattresses had been stuffed with chicken feathers, broth stewed from pig bones, love stitched into every new quilt.


  1. Dear Lish,

    Hopefully this is the beginning of peace for them. Wonderful descriptions that made me feel I was in the midst of these women. Lovely.



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  2. Lynn Love says:

    I have to agree with Rochelle – gorgeous descriptions, Alicia. A whole world on the screen, so alive with the women and their new found hope. Lovely

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  3. neilmacdon says:

    The emotional depth in that story is brilliant in 100 words

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  4. Great story… a lot told in so few words! πŸ™‚

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  5. Dale says:

    This was absolutely wonderful. I can just picture a bunch of – ahem – Scottish women (wonder why?) preparing for the return of their lads…

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    Glorious emotion and story in so few words. Allows the mind to imagine the wars and the foreigners in their village and all that they will have experienced. Wonderful.


  7. I feel the tension, and I feel it breaking. Lovely!


  8. granonine says:

    How beautiful.

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  9. rgayer55 says:

    Give me the address and I’ll pass it along to Perry. He’s longing for a place where women outnumber men 999 to 1. Who knows, he might even get a date.

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  10. plaridel says:

    hopefully, they’re not so fatigued and able to rise to the occasion. πŸ™‚

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  11. loopygoose says:

    Exquisite descriptions that really evoke the moment. Love stitched into every quilt is such a perfect way to end it. Really, very impressive.


  12. draliman says:

    After the horrors a welcoming homecoming for them. Nicely written!

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  13. wmqcolby says:

    “When Johnny comes marching home again, hurrah, hurrah.” Works in any culture.

    Very cool story, Alicia. You got a great experience there, I could see and feel the people in the town.

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  14. yarnspinnerr says:

    Unfortunate for the old city.

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  15. The sad aftermath of war. The sweet hope that it will never come again. Beautifully written, Alicia. :o)

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  16. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    This is a beautifully written and very evocative piece. Loved it.

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  17. A beautiful feeling in these everyday acts, done with love and hope. You’ve brought it across well.

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  18. Nan Falkner says:

    Thank goodness for chicken feather stuffed mattresses! Only the best for these guys. Well done! Nan

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  19. jellico84 says:

    Beautiful war story! πŸ™‚

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  20. Wonderfully done, seriously. I can feel their joy at the thought of their men coming home, the end of the war, the end of the misery.

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  21. L.E.R.T says:

    This was just fantastic. I’m still searching for further words that would do justice to what I felt after reading the story, but I think I will not be successful. Thanks a lot for a great read. Cheers, Varad


  22. Beautifully written story.

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  23. Michael Wynn says:

    Sounds like the end of misery and the beginning of something they’ve been waiting patiently for and fully deserve. Nicely written

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  24. Laurie Bell says:

    Wow. Fantastic! Amazing women.

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  25. Lovely descriptions, Alicia.

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  26. Great descriptors here Alicia. Very romantic, in a chicken feathers pigs bones kind of way πŸ˜‰

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  27. Miles Rost says:

    Seems very Italian to me. πŸ˜€ Well done!

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  28. How wonderful peace came at last and many of the men and boys survived. Good writing as always, Alicia. —- Suzanne

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  29. When I saw pillaging in the tags, I thought uh oh, but it was all about the end of the conflict and so elevating for the spirit. “No-longer-boys” – top marks.

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