The Christmas Card

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

General Turpentine stared at the book lying on his desk.  The image of the scarecrow on the cover didn’t faze him.  He had seen worst things—like men getting blown to bits.  War.  It was over for many but not for him. 

He opened the drawer and removed the Christmas card.  He read it again.  It simply said, “Merry Christmas, James and Happy New Year.  Maddie.”

He received it last week.  There was no return address.  He sighed.  “Oh, Maddie, where are you?”

Jane watched him through the ajar door.  He was reading that card again.  Who was it from?

100 Words

This story is the continuation of the series about a married US army general who meets and falls in love with Maddie, a colored nurse stationed in North Africa during the second World War.

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  You can find this week’s prompt Here. To read other stories or to participate, click Here.


    • Maddie is the colored nurse he met during the war and fell in love with. He didn’t show his wife, Jane the card which is why she’s so curious to know whom it’s from and because she has seen him read it more than once.


    • Let’s just say that she’s somewhere in the United States. She never told him which state she was from. There will be future tales. It remains to be seen if she will write or get in touch with him again. Perhaps, he will find out where she is from someone else (maybe one of the soldiers she nursed during the war).


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