Friday Fictioneers – Peaceful Hearts

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!


Peaceful hearts

“You don’t mind me going by myself on this trip, Yousuf?”

“It’s all women, isn’t it? That’s okay, Fatima, my love.”

*       *       *

“Now, Isaac, here is your packed lunch, a bottle of water, and sunblock. And remember to wear a sunhat when you’re outside.”

Isaac smiled at Sarah. “Enjoy the expedition!” he said.

*       *       *

Mary, with no one to delay her, was first in the hotel lobby.

The three women walked together to al-Aqsa, to the Western Wall, and to the Holy Sepulchre. They prayed together at each, and together were filled with great peace.

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37 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Peaceful Hearts

    • I wonder whether they would have been able to visit all three of the holy places if their menfolk had been there – or whether prejudice might have prevented that. Inner peace is very important, and I’m sure the three women were blessed.

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    • Thank you for the comment, CE – it’s always good to understand where I could have done better. The three women are each devout believers of their faith. Fatima is a Muslim, Sarah is a Jew and Mary is a Christian. I tried to signal that by the names, and also by stereotypes. Yousuf, as a Moslem would have been unlikely to let his wife go unaccompanied in a group that contained men, and that is the significance of the ‘no men’ policy.


    • That certainly reflects how I feel, although I’m not sure how true it is. But the message I hoped to convey is that if we get together with different faiths, and especially if we pray together, we might achieve a more peaceful world.
      Thank you for your thoughtful and insightful comment.

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  1. Such a lovely story and one that has already been quietly realized in one form or another by more than one group of friends coming together, I’m sure. Thank you so much for sharing. We need more of this in the world. ❤

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