SPF: For Gracie


Daniel was the only sculptor left after the army invaded. Hundreds of people had fled, but thousands still remained, determined to fight for their freedom.

Daniel taught his daughter how to sculpt and little Gracie said she wanted to make a pretty sculpture for the park, as all the fighting had left it looking very dirty.

“Daniel, I can’t find Gracie!” An anxious Laura came running down the stairs.

Both parents ran outside. Gracie had spoken about finding the best place for her sculpture, but Daniel had firmly said that she couldn’t go out.

As they raced to the park, loud shots rang out. Someone had waved the flag of their neighbouring country who supported their freedom struggle and the incensed soldiers had fired angrily.

They found her bullet riddled body just steps away from the park.

After the funeral, Daniel finished his daughter’s sculpture.

It was placed defiantly in the spot where they’d found her.

A week later, the army barracks were attacked by two resistance fighters. They managed to kill seventeen occupation soldiers before they were killed.

The blame was promptly put on their neighbouring country and they were labeled cross- border terrorists, with their bodies burnt beyond recognition.

For Sunday Photo Fiction

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Author: Ugly Aphrodite (Available on Amazon Kindle) Ah, the need to get your thoughts out there! Happy reading folks!
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16 Responses to SPF: For Gracie

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Tragic tale, a moving monument to Gracie. Unfortunately, as in real life, you suspect her death may be in vain. Great writing.

  2. jac forsyth says:

    Wow, I was waiting for the pay off and it never came. Somehow that makes this piece feel so much more desolate and moving. You got inside my heart.

  3. mandibelle16 says:

    Wow, this a pretty horrible story; not your writing but the whole affair. No doubt truthful or could be if you were watching the news. Too many deaths explained out of the way, like people and their lives don’t matter. Happens to often. Write a happy one next lol. Great thoughtful write!

  4. jademwong says:

    This felt like a story that could have been based on a news story: that’s how dismal the world is nowadays and how realistic your writing is. My heart goes out to Gracie and in a perfect world, her death would not have been in vain…or even have occurred at all in this way. Amazing writing, Saima!

  5. Reminds me of that young lad in the ambulance in Aleppo. A really moving tale. Got me right in the feels.

  6. Well-written tale! 🙂

  7. luckyjc007 says:

    A very sad and tragic story and it’s even more sad knowing that this kind of thing is happening in our country right now. It’s ashame we do not have better control of the situation and innocent people get killed needlessly. Well written.

    • swritings says:

      That’s very true indeed. In the battle of egos, resources and power, innocents are completely disregarded, especially those lives in ‘unimportant’ regions. Thank you for your comment.

  8. A tragic, gritty story, SW, full of realism. Heroism is shown in small steps as in your story. Good writing. —- Suzanne

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