Dust to Dust – a 100-word story

Ok, this is my second attempt to return to Friday Fictioneers. With the kids back at school I hope to have plenty of time to read everybody’s stories! My own story is below the picture.

The prompt for this week’s 100-word story is a photo by group host ©Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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Friday Fictioneers prompt for September 5, 2014 ©Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


Dust to Dust

I learned Esperanto in a dusty attic classroom. There were eight of us and we believed our optimism could change the world.
Three were lost in the rubble when the bomb hit our building. I was saved from that horror by my preference for a seat in the back corner, clambering out while walls crumbled.
The others tried to run. Two were shot in the back, another two dragged into the soldiers’ truck.
I kicked my book of Esperanto into the flames and fled the agonising cries as my people, my town and my hope turned to dust.

©Siobhán McNamara

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49 Responses to Dust to Dust – a 100-word story

  1. Dear Siobhán,

    Well-written and tragic.



    PS I admire anyone who finds the time to write with growing children. 😉


  2. All too real a tale, well told.


  3. Alas .. this is all too true.. I could see this happening actually


  4. Dee says:

    Very well done Siobhan, You painted the picture so well, I could imagine the horror.
    I remember Esperanto once being touted as the ‘ one International language’ wonder what happened to it


  5. wmqcolby says:

    Esperanto. Who knew?
    Good take on the prompt this week, Siobhan! I saw a lot of good thing in this one. It put me in the story.


  6. Siobhán, kudos on a story well told. On a completely different topic, where did you get the “Make tea, not war.” Love it.



    • Thank you Janet:)
      The ‘Make tea, not war’ is a photograph I took in Derry, Northern Ireland a few years ago. It was a small hand-painted sign that was screwed onto a wall in the City Centre, I had passed it loads of times and it always made me smile, so one day I made a point of bringing a camera and took a picture of it. I’m glad I took the photo as I don’t think the sign is there anymore.
      It has particularly significance in Derry/Londonderry due to the horrors of the sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, Though life is not perfect there yet, it has come a long way and there is now a generation of young adults (the first ‘peace babies’) that never knew that conflict.


  7. Very tragic tale, universal in time and place. So sad we didn’t learn from past mistakes.


  8. Really powerful story. Good job.


  9. Wonderfully thought out tale. I could feel dust in my throat, panic and loss.


  10. Elizabeth says:

    Wow! Your writing is very good, so sad this story. Only imaging that in some parts of the world this can be happening right now.


  11. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Siobhan, Such a wonderfully told story – you capture the horror of an ordinary thing like going to class and then BAM! war hits. Excellent told story. I’m glad there are new babies that have grown up and called “peace babies”. Wonderful that – at least for a time – there has been peace and calm! Wow – you are a good writer! Nan 🙂


  12. Siobhan, It’s nice to know that peace is holding somewhere. Good and realistic story. It could happen in so many places. Well written. —Susan


  13. A really powerful story – well done.


  14. Welcome back Siobhan! Clearly you’re back with a bang! Powerful, vivid story that is all too commonly played out around the world.


  15. shanx says:

    Tragic and well captured 🙂


  16. draliman says:

    Great story! The irony of learning the international language, designed to help people communicate, while the nations are killing each other.


  17. BrainRants says:

    Great message, and delivered with subtlety.


  18. K.Z. says:

    powerful, tragic, horrific… well done.


  19. Pat says:

    Very powerfully written, capturing the terror of the moment. And welcome to FF – certainly seem like an “old hand” at this. Great story. 🙂


  20. liz young says:

    Good story and tragic – it’s happening all over the world right now.


  21. Great use of 100 words, especially with kids in the house!


  22. anupat says:

    Esperanto..had never heard of this.Great!:)


  23. hafong says:

    There is hope since he/she escaped. Good take on the prompt.



  24. plaridel says:

    a tragic story where optimism was dashed by reality. well done.


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