But We Did See

Posted: July 17, 2019 in Friday Fictioneers
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Well, this is certainly an interesting picture. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who chose the photo and to Roger Bultot for submitting it to our Fairy Blog Mother.

We called you Big Stan the Pretzel Man. Not kindly. You didn’t seem to mind. You gifted us salted pretzels slathered with spicy yellow mustard and told stories about your grandma, cotton plantations, the hard times and the easier ones. We kids sat, picking scabs on our knees, gobbling pretzels, wanting to get away while our mother’s voices repeating, “Be polite to Stan” rattled around in our heads.

The day they found you beaten, your cart burned to a pile of twisted metal and exploded glass, we pretended we hadn’t seen anything and slowly drifted away.

  1. trentpmcd says:

    You went to a pretty dark place. Nice use of the prompt.

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    In the end, politeness isn’t enough. Thought-provoking piece.

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Poor Stan. Great story, I could see it happening.

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  4. Dear Lish,

    A very dark and sad story. Excellent characterization in few words.



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  5. A really sad tale brilliantly told.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Plaridel says:

    sadly, we can’t get rid of nasty people out there capable of doing mischief.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. draliman says:

    A sad reflection on today’s times, beautifully told.

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  8. gahlearner says:

    Well told and sad. The saddest thing is that I can’t tell if this is a story from the past or the present.
    (And pretzels with mustard sounds evil).

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    • Thanks! Have you never had pretzels with mustard? It’s really quite delicious. 🙂 (And I was thinking it was in the past and the MC is regretting not saying anything about what the kids saw.)


      • gahlearner says:

        No, and I can’t imagine it even. You must have different pretzels over there from the ones where I live. We eat them plain or with (unsalted) butter. 🙂

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  9. ceayr says:

    What a depressing tale, wonderfully told.

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  10. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh no. This is gutwrenching

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  11. Dale says:

    Such awful kids.
    What a well-written piece.

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  12. Abhijit Ray says:

    The event only reflected our cowardice and willingness to tolerate injustice.

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  13. It’s horrible but there are kids who can be very cruel even if someone is being kind to them.
    I suppose that’s where all the Jeffrey Dommer’s come from. Evil lurks beneath the minds of many.
    Powerful …. Izzy😎

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  14. Should have listened to their mother’s words. With luck, they will be caught

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  15. …tears to my eyes… I don’t read that her kids did that.
    I’ve never had a pretzel. I think it’s an American thing. Certainly not Manchester UK.
    I’d love to have heard Stan’s stories – now lost forever.

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  16. It was a dark place but a realistic story. If some people keep feeding the monsters inside them with hate there’ll be more of that behavior in the future. Well written, Alicia. —- Suzanne

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  17. James McEwan says:

    Kindness reciprocated in hateful violence, because? Just because they are different. A sad but true reflection of many in society.

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