Not Who They Thought He Was

Posted: July 4, 2018 in Friday Fictioneers
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Today’s picture prompt was provided by J. Hardy Carroll and posted by our fearless leader, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, a master cat herder. Thanks to you both.

Before the war, football, cars, and pretty girls were the only things James thought about. He was the life of parties that never ended before 3 a.m. Girls called him. Everyone in town started wearing pink and blue shirts because that’s what he wore.


After the war, people glanced at his prosthetic and moved their eyes to a spot above his shoulder, acted like they couldn’t quite place who he was and walked away. He felt invisible.

Tonight James had a surprise for them. Hefting his baton, he strutted out on the field in a short-skirted, perfectly pink majorette uniform.




  1. That made me smile, cracking ending, he sure showed them

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    • I’m so glad. After I posted, I had second thoughts – not meaning to offend anyone because he was a soldier. I really wanted to go on the light side, instead of the depressing side. Thanks for letting me know it made you smile.

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    he’s a warrior still

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    I imagine there will be a few who still refuse to look at him still, but boy did he make them notice him again 🙂

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  4. Dale says:

    Go James!
    Can you see him now, folks?

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  5. StuHN says:

    Point made. Point taken.

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  6. There are too ways if people treat you as invisible… either stay invisible or make them see you… I think he did the right thing

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  7. James Pyles says:

    He didn’t let their indifference defeat him.

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  8. prior.. says:

    whoa- the pink uniform will be loud for sure – loud and proud….

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  9. prior.. says:

    oh and at first I was like, “What is a war football?”
    and wondered if there should be a comma after war – like you did in the “After the war…”

    Either way, in my mind, I read “war football” – or maybe that is because I just wrote my fiction with an NFL theme and I have football on the mind

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  10. pennygadd51 says:

    I hope James enjoyed his experience!

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  11. draliman says:

    That’ll show them, there’s no keeping him down!

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  12. Well done James, hold your baton high and with pride!

    Click to read my FriFic tale

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  13. Jelli says:

    GO JAMES! Stand firm! Stand proud! Ta’ hell with people’s opinions on the matter!

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  14. Liz Young says:

    Now they won’t know what to ignore first! Well written.

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  15. Wow. That story took an unexpected turn!

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  16. Laurie Bell says:

    Damn!! Good on him. I loved this. He’s still a fighter and a leader in my mind

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  17. plaridel says:

    nobody can’t put him down as yet. he’s a fighter with the right attitude.

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  18. And the rest is history….

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  19. lisarey1990 says:

    Made me smile.

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  20. trentpmcd says:

    I’m sure that certainly got people’s attention. I just hope they see him and not just that pink uniform.

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  21. I’m sitting here thinking of that Bonnie Raitt song, Let’s give ’em “Something to Talk About.”

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  22. Sandra says:

    You made me grin from ear to ear. I tried to wrap a story around a pink and blue world but got nowhere. Well done.

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  23. Dear Lish,

    The outfit certainly put him back in the spotlight, no doubt taking the attention away from his prosthetic. Love it.



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  24. James McEwan says:

    My! That is some change, perhaps the pink shirt had said it all along and no one noticed.

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  25. Dahlia says:

    James is such a wonderful character!

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  26. yarnspinnerr says:

    There are many layers to the issue you have raised. Like the way you raised this psychological problem.

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  27. Sarah Ann says:

    And now I want to read all about the shock on their faces which turned to smiles and congratulation. Great story.

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  28. Yes, James! Love it. Well done, Alicia!

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  29. gahlearner says:

    Way to go, James. What a great story, Alicia. The friends James makes now, will be the real thing. Win-win, except for the leg…

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  30. Alice Audrey says:

    LOL! I would love to see that!

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