Friday Fictioneers – Wilted

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!



You gave me a single red rose before you left for the special military operation.

‘I should be back within days,’ you said. ‘The rose won’t even have time to wilt.’

But that was months ago.

You brave men must feel as though you’re fighting all the world, when you see NATO’s weapons used against you by the Ukrainian Nazis. It must be terrifying; I don’t know how you can bear it.

I long for you to be home.

The rose will stand, wilted, in its vase, until I hold you in my arms again.

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35 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Wilted

    • Thank you for your insightful comment, Neil. It is, as you say, important to understand that there is a Russian perspective; not because the Russian perspective is any better, but because war brings great misery to both sides. It’s ordinary people who suffer most.


  1. War is horrible for all the soldiers – on all sides. They are not the one making the decisions and are as much (well, most of them) victims as the ones they kill.
    I like to think he will see the wilted rose…

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  2. Provokative, Penny, well done. It is always good to look at things from the perspective of ‘the other’. It reminds me of the German people in Nazi Germany who didn’t want to know about the atrocities and were proud of their soldiers. I wonder how that Russian woman feels when she learns about what Russian soldiers did in the Ukraine.
    (I’ve recently read a very interesting, but long article about what ‘normal people’ think in Russia, written by a Russian journalist. If you’re interested, I’ll pm you the link.)

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    • Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comment. I think the Russian woman would feel that her man could never take part in atrocities, and that civilian casualties were ‘collateral’. That was how the Iraq war was spun to people in the UK and the USA, and the public went with it. It’s much easier and less uncomfortable than feeling any guilt for the 100,000+ civilians that our forces killed.
      Thank you for your kind offer to pm me the link for the article about what ‘normal people’ think in Russia. I’d be very grateful if you would do that.

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  3. Beautifully written, Penny. I have been researching and writing up the biographies of soldiers from WWI, and have just finished reading a novel set in 1915 where the son is killed in action. It is terrible thinking about all the loved ones and families worried out of their minds and yearning for their soldiers to return. I think it would send me mad, However, this also explains the frenetic knitting and fundraising that went on. The only way they could cope was to keep busy.
    Best wishes,

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    • Thank you for your supportive comment, Brenda. I feel it’s enormously important to see the human cost of war for both sides in the conflict. The citizens of both sides pay a price, irrespective of who is the aggressor.


  4. We tend to forget that soldiers on both sides are merely pawns of the warmongers who control them and those left behind often suffer as much or more than those who go to war. Poignant tale, Penny.

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