Friday Fictioneers 1/21/2015

“Two of us died on that boat. Three of us lived only by the skin of our teeth, and only because the Coast Guard saved us.”

I softly cleared my throat, laid my pen down and looked him in the eyes,

“Will you tell me what led you and the others to climb on that tiny boat?”

“Freedom. Simple as that. We couldn't live there no more under that dictator.”

“Has it been worth it?”

“They shot my little brother and cousin for watching television. A damn soccer game. So…to answer your question…. yep, freedom is damn sure worth it.”

~100 words

(copyright) Georgia Koch


The magical authoress, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, creator of the blog, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple, is the gracious host of the Friday Fictioneers Challenge for all of the fabulous writers, and me. Georgia Koch has generously loaned us the photo prompt photo of which we are challenged to weave a story (beginning, middle and end) with 100 words or less, and to make every word count.

If you would like to jump into this challenge, please click on: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple, for more information.


75 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers 1/21/2015

    • I was just explaining to Dawn about those 13 young teen boys that were shot and killed (somewhere in the middle east) for watching soccer on t.v. I haven’t been able to get that picture out of my mind. So tragic!

  1. It has always touched me that people from so many troubled places will risk everything in rickety boats. I still remember when bodies were washing up in Floridaโ€“ from packed boats from Haiti, and Cuba. Great use of the prompt!

  2. Oh, this is such a Beautiful tribute โค . i didn't know about teenagers being shot until now, so sad. But when I Read this, instantly thought of the fighting zones and people trying to escape. Your last line has been ringing in my mind- freedom is sure worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Such a tragic tale, and still very common. I don’t know how we deal with the refugee situation this world creates, but your story is a useful reminder that the people are real and individual, even when the situation is too big to contemplate.

    • I agree with you. There is a problem with incoming illegals and refugees and the amount of need that exists is overwhelming for one nation to handle. Thank you for your comment. ๐Ÿ™‚ Best wishes!

  4. I can’t imagine taking such a journey. Takes a very strong sort of person. Changed lives. Great survivor’s story, Joy.

    I hadn’t read about the teens being executed. I’ve stopped reading about this group and have almost stopped reading the news.


    • Thank you Ellsbeth! I understand about not reading or listening to the news because it is so depressing and getting worse! If I could have, I would have written more about that evil and disgraceful execution. When I think about it I get so worked up that it is best I don’t even think about it. Thank you again and best wishes!

    • Yes, that is true! After the execution of those 13 teens (and other horrific things we hear about) who could blame them? I would probably do the same thing – risk my life for freedom. Thank you!!

  5. Anybody who watches football (soccer to you) on television ought to be executed. Except for my husband of course. ๐Ÿ™‚ I find the idea that anyone would cast themselves to sea in a boat seeking freedom to watch football (soccer to you) on television stunningly comic. Thanks for the laugh! Nice to meet you. Ann

  6. To flee by boats.. it seemed to repeat itself, all the way from people crossing the baltic, sea to the Australia, the Mediterranean of today.. such a general story, yet each different refugee have their different story..Cuba, Vietnam, Syria,, if you make it alive it’s worth it, if you don’t … maybe still so.

    • I don’t know Bjorn, after hearing about those 13 boys that were executed for watching soccer on television, I think, for me at least, it would be worth it, even if I didn’t make it. Thank you for reading and for responding. Your opinion matters. ๐Ÿ™‚ Best wishes!

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  8. Dear Priceless Joy, I think the atrocities that ISIS inflicts on the world is evil itself. There have always been terrorists throughout time, but these poor excuses for humans are the worst I can remember. They should be eliminated and the scourge they have inflicted. Poor boys – just watching a soccer game – what a shame. Good story. Nan ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I really liked your story, Joy. You balanced a fictional story with a real-life situation/event which leaves the reader – or at least this reader – more than just simply entertained, but with the thought and knowledge that there are more important things out there than just ourselves.

    • Thank you so much. I appreciate you reading and your opinion. It’s a tough situation. If I were a rancher with cattle and calves I would want to protect them too. Of course, wolves are going to be wolves and do that which is in their instinct and nature. Thank you again!

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