Love all

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As she walked through the streets to the city center, countless more people joined her, silently. Many were holding candles, including her father, whose hand she was holding.

On reaching, she climbed the stage and raised her hand-drawn placard proclaiming “Love”. The gathering clapped.

She spoke. “Today I am ten years old. It was also on this day a year back that I became a cripple. As a lone survivor, many say I am a miracle… I am not sure of that. What I am sure of though, is that if I am walking here today, it is because of the love that you have all shown me; your letters and cards. Thank you so much…. On my last birthday, I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grow up. Today though, I know. I want to grow up to be a policewoman; be able to protect people from dying and losing their limbs in terror attacks. I want to protect all, who like you, are wonderful, loving people.”


Flash fiction in response to FFfAW hosted by Priceless Joy.

7 thoughts on “Love all

  1. You’ve found a very effective way of telling the story of a survivor of a terror attack. I particularly like the way you identify most people as wonderful and loving. The little girl reminds me of Malala Yousafzai.

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    1. Thank you so much, Penny! I wanted to emphasize the message that hate happens. But love, strength and resolution triumphs.
      I do sincerely believe that people are loving and wonderful :).

      How are you Penny? Are you able to read and write as before? Hope all is well. 🙂

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      1. Thank you, Fluid Phrase!
        The cataract operation went well. The new lens gives me great distance vision, but the eye is still settling down. It will be some weeks yet before I can have an eye test and get some spectacles that will give me the full range of vision, from close to distant. In the meantime, I use reading glasses for reading and writing at the computer. It’s far from ideal, but I can manage.
        Thank goodness they can deal with cataracts nowadays, or I would have faced complete loss of sight over the next couple of years…
        So all is well; all is very well!
        Best wishes
        Penny

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