The Letter

Posted: April 22, 2020 in Friday Fictioneers
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Thanks, Rochelle, for posting yet another photograph for our merry band to ponder then jot down the 100-word story that pops into our mind. I find I’m getting a little down in the dumps about the state of the world so I tried to go on the lighter side again this week. Thanks to all who read and comment. Cheers!

26 June 

My Dearest Loraine,
No paper available. Using the flip side of a wine label.
We are stationed in Paris. Nazis everywhere.
Gregor is dead.
At least he died smiling.
Screams of the wounded are driving me mad.
Kiss the babies for me.
Love, Ted

Loraine shifts Barbara Sue on her hip. Kisses her baby-soft hair then reads the note for the fourth time, doing her best to make out what Ted had truly written.
Samuel tugs the hem of her skirt. “Mama?”
“Ah, Sam,” she says, “I fear the censors may have too much time on their hands.”

  1. Sandra says:

    How very annoying, people reading and applying their own limitations to someone else’s communications. Good take, Alicia. Chin up! 🙂

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    • Thanks! This is a combination of some truth ~ Donn’s dad was in WWII and they actually ran out of writing paper and he used some very inventive ways to write to Donn’s mom and, although his letters weren’t censored, they didn’t say much more than “I miss you. I love you. Kiss the kids” because he couldn’t tell her where he was.


  2. Really enjoyed reading your imaginative take on the photo prompt!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  3. ceayr says:

    Very clever, Alicia, love what you did there

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  4. Varad says:

    Ah! Redacted words… Very different take, Alicia.

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  5. neilmacdon says:

    That made me smile

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  6. wmqcolby says:

    Excellent, Alicia! The story really sold the prompt and vice-versa. But, I like how you got the message across. Very cool! Good to see you again.

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  7. Iain Kelly says:

    Good take Alicia. Amazing how unsuccessful the censors have been over the years – not once have they managed to stop a scandal emerging or a conspiracy theory developing.

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  8. Dear Lish,

    These days it’s hard not to get a little down, isn’t it? Even when I think I’m doing just fine…At any rate I loved your take on the prompt.



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  9. Wonderfully written. The letter feels very authentic – and so do the censor’s bizarre efforts.


  10. tedstrutz says:

    This was interesting, Alicia. I liked your take on the prompt.

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  11. msjadeli says:

    So frustrating to be on the receiving end of such a kryptic letter, and with two small children distracting you in the process of trying to figure it out!

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  12. Nobbinmaug says:

    Nice take. This reminds me of Catch-22 when Yossarian got bored censoring letters and played games with how he censored. He would pick out random words to censor.

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  13. maria says:

    Geez! What kind of censors do they have? I love your take here. Very unique. 😀

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  14. Tannille says:

    Coming soon to the internet near you (censoring).
    Inventive way to tell a story.


  15. Lynn Love says:

    Must have been hard to write anything of consequence with the censors reading every word. But then family at home got to hear the most important thing – they were alive and well enough to write. Well done Lish

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  16. draliman says:

    Ha, they didn’t leave much did they? 🙂

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  17. Dale says:

    I feel you, Alicia. Even the most up upbeat persons are starting to feel rather ragged. Excellent and original take on the prompt.

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    • Thanks, Dale. The sad part is, I have nothing to complain about so I should just keep on keeping on.

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      • Dale says:

        Doesn’t matter, Alicia. We all have those moments of sadness, worry, stress. The important thing is to acknowledge them and then move on. There will eventually be an end to this! Hopefully not too soon so that we don’t get a second wave…


  18. plaridel says:

    for sure, a lot of room for the imagination sort out. 🙂

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  19. James McEwan says:

    A snapshot of a different time that left the women at home with conflicting thoughts- putting on a face to be proud of their man for his contribution to the war and full of dread and fearful for his life.

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  20. I enjoyed this, Alicia, well done. The minutiae of war is often more interseting than the big stuff and certainly more pertinent to the ordinary soldier and individual waiting back home.

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  21. Where’s Wikileaks when you need ’em?
    I loved the format you used this week. A clever and innovative way to tell the story.

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  22. granonine says:

    Censorship is evil in all its guises. It is a nebulous entity deciding what everyone else should know, and what they should think about it. This is such a good example of the lengths to which it can be taken.

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  23. Very creative and interesting too! No paper, censorship, confused communication. Well done. =)

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  24. This is a really clever take using the old bugaboo of censorship during the war. I was also reminded of “Catch-22”!

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  25. pennygadd51 says:

    I like the way Loraine is kept grounded by her two infants.. Busy, busy life – I hope her mom is around to help.

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