Saving Papa – 1941

Posted: February 27, 2020 in Friday Fictioneers
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Ten days before Papa’s return from his mission, Mama gifted me a miniature theater with twenty-two minikin figurines. My ladies wear frocks of silk. The gentlemen sport suits of wool.

Mama spent tedious hours explaining the figurine’s placement on the stage. Formations include: ‘Stay in The Forest’, ‘Run’, ‘We’re Safe.’ Nothing makes sense. But no one questions Mama.

Tonight five uniformed men stormed our home, shouting, “Where is he?” Luckily, Mama understands German and the men knew no French. Mama shrugged, kissed one man on the cheek, and turned to me. “Fosette, ‘Run’. Place the stage in the window.”

  1. Very realistic and scary

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    A lovely reveal of what the senseless lesson actually meant

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  3. msjadeli says:

    This gave me a serious case of the chills. I’m so glad the child can run to a safe place, but what about Mama? 😦 A heartrending story.

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  4. Dale says:

    Oh, I loved this, Lish! Wonderfully done!

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  5. Wow, that was some story. Chillingly, brilliantly done!

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  6. pennygadd51 says:

    Excellent story, Lish! You conveyed the details very clearly and powerfully. Even the fact that the lesson seemed senseless to Fosette makes sense when you think that it minimises the risk of her betraying anything – and also, of course, protects from the fear of knowing her father’s danger for as long as possible.
    Very well done!

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  7. James McEwan says:

    The tricks of the resistance are so subtle.

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  8. Iain Kelly says:

    Excellent, the full meaning being revealed at the end. Well done.

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  9. plaridel says:

    mama found an ingenious way to trick the enemy. well done.

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  10. susanmehr says:

    A chilling, brilliant piece. Well penned.


  11. draliman says:

    A clever way of leaving Papa a message! Nice one 🙂

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  12. Dear Lish,

    Very clever mother and a very clever author. Well done.



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  13. Nobbinmaug says:

    I got chills from this one. Well done with the training, Mama, and well done with the story, Lish.


  14. I love the child’s perspective in this and how it told a tale of resistance… the little details helped me and the stage sets made sense in the end… wonder what happened to Ma

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  15. granonine says:

    This one’s a winner! Mama was one smart lady. What times they lived through!

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