A Princess & A War Heroine

She worked as a nurse during the first Balkan War, changing bandages and helping doctors as they performed hurried operations in the hospital's corridor where the wounded waited among the dying for their treatment. She suffered from mental health and was put away in the sanatorium. She risked her life to hide a Jewish family …

A Painful Truth

PHOTO PROMPT by Brenda Cox James looked at Jane, his face pale.  “You love this other woman?" she asked again, her voice trembling, her own face ashen. He nodded.  “Yes.” Jane collapsed in a nearby chair, feeling sick.  “Who is she, James?” “She’s a negro nurse I met in North Africa.” “She’s negro?” “Yes.  That’s why she said we can never …

Dushan Bumps into Evelyn

It was just after 12:30pm on Saturday. The weather was not unpleasantly cold. He didn't need to wear a scarf which he didn't like wearing. His gloves were in the pockets of his jacket in case he needed them. The snow had which had fallen a few days ago had long since melted. After being …

The Letter

Photo by Na’ama Yehuda He stared at the letter from Gracelyn.  She wanted him to visit her in prison but how could he?  She murdered two people.  It would have been three people if he hadn’t found Monifa in time.  He grew pale. It was his fault that Father Schmidt and Sister Augustin were dead.  …

A Fixed Car & a Friendly Chat

He finished paying the bill for the work done on his car and after thanking Adaeze, he left the shop. She was standing outside as if waiting for someone. She looked up and their eyes met. He hesitated and then, he walked up to her. "Hello," he said. "Hello." "Are you related to Adaeze?" he …

Malcolm’s Story

Image by iStock I'm a single father because my wife, Keisha died in hospital. This shouldn't have happened. Keisha should still be alive and here with our son, Byron and me. Shortly after Keisha gave birth to Byron, I noticed that the fluid in her Foley catheter, the thin tube inserted in patients to drain …

Savannah’s Birthday

"I was thinking that for Savannah's birthday, we can have a costume party," Georgia said to her husband, Theodore. "That's a great idea, Honey. There's this place called, Party Fanatics. It provides family-friendly entertainment and event planning services for a variety of events. We can go and check it out tomorrow if you like. They …

Father Desjardins

Father Étienne Desjardins left the home of Mrs. Amadou, one of his parishioners and stepped into her garden. He had just spent over an hour with her, reading the Bible and praying the Rosary. She was one of the shut-ins. Arthritis in her knees made it difficult for her to get around as she used …

Home With the Family

The war was over.  General Turpentine stood outside the door of his house.  Inside were his wife and their children.  Beneath his feet was soft fresh snow.  It was still falling.  The street and the houses covered with the white stuff made for a pretty postcard.  The silence was welcoming.  No more sounds of war.  …

Can’t Fight Love

He found Ema in the garden. She was sitting on the bench, facing the fountain.  He stood there, watching her, his heart pounding heavily in his chest and his expression tense.  As if she sensed him standing there, she turned suddenly and their eyes met.  Rising quickly to her feet she turned to face him. …

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