Friday Fictioneers: November 29, 2013

This week’s Friday Fictioneer’s photo is this:

Copyright - Ted Strutz

Copyright – Ted Strutz

The Ferry

The ferryboat left the harbour at dawn.  The children sat at a separate table, drinking hot chocolate, laughing.

If all went well they would soon be in Switzerland far from the fascist police, if they were lucky.

A short trip, no more than 45 minutes, 19 kilometres to Lugano.  Two stops though before they would be safe.

Moshe Ovadia had worked in the municipality of Milan, he’d joined the “party” to avoid problems and keep his job. Now he and his family were pariah, fugitives. All because of his name. He didn’t understand.

The ferry stopped and the police boarded.

Word Count: 100


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27 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: November 29, 2013

  1. Dear B+S,

    Very well done. You want them to get away and yet you know that that is not in the cards. Many lessons to be learned from this story that humans so often repeat. What is up with us?
    Good job.




    • Thanks Rob. I like it when they turn into power shorts or prose poetry. I don’t know where this story came from, believe me. I didn’t know what to write so, I began typing…this was the result. 🙂


  2. Very beautifully written piece about the struggle to escape the horrors of history. And their safe harbour; sadly so near and yet so far. Really wrenches my heart knowing how many suffered and could not escape in time.


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  4. Excellent writing ,reflecting on times gone by(or coming ahead too-hoping not-ever)-I was hoping they succeeded in escaping but the police boarded and my heart broke-sigh!


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