Bombardment – a 100-word story


Here is this week’s offering for Friday Fictioneers.

The challenge as always is to write a 100-word story based on a photo prompt which this week comes from ©Sean Fallon.

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Copyright-Sean Fallon

copyright Sean Fallon



Huddled in her living room corner, Eithne braced herself for the next explosion.
‘Be brave,’ she told herself. ‘Don’t let the children see your fear.’
But at the tell-tale whistle of a falling shell she screamed.
Through her confusion Eithne heard her grandson giggle nervously.
That night her daughter-in-law Sally came into her bedroom and sighed.
‘For God’s sake, Eithne,’ said Sally. ‘There’s no point in taking the batteries from the XBox remotes. They’ll only get more from somewhere else. And anyway, you’re over-reacting. It’s just a kids’ video game.’
‘That,’ whispered Eithne, ‘is what frightens me most of all.’

©Siobhán McNamara

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22 Responses to Bombardment – a 100-word story

  1. Carolyn Page says:

    This is a complex condition. Suffice to say, I can relate to all generations highlighted within your story. One of fear, the other of frustrated acceptance (and, perhaps, naivety) and the youngsters who see only fun and a modern day pastime. A well constructed piece..


  2. writelindy says:

    A great take on the prompt. Well done.


  3. Sandra says:

    Frightens me too, Siobhan. Truly.


  4. You put your finger on the scariest of all.. truly a very well written story.


  5. A poignant story! And I really like the way you presented both perspectives, and at the same time directed the readers’ sympathy towards Eithne.
    Beautifully narrated.


  6. wmqcolby says:

    Super story, Siobhan! I sometimes wonder if our kids really understand the gravity of combat.


  7. It’s one thing to be frightened but when others do not “get it”, that is the most frightening of all.


  8. madamewriter says:

    Great story! Unique theme.


  9. plaridel says:

    the lady has a point. 🙂


  10. draliman says:

    Nice twist at the end, and I like the difference between the different generations’ reaction to a violent video game.


  11. Dear Siobhán,

    The backstory in your well-layered piece shines forth. It’s what you don’t say that packs a wallop. Well done.




  12. jellico84 says:

    Can’t help but chuckle a little at that. Ohhhh that I could snitch the batteries from the neighbor’s remotes for their video games.


  13. gahlearner says:

    Great story, Eithne’s fear is palpable. Sometimes playing and enjoying destruction and suffering in games seems perverted, but is it really worse than reading and writing about it?


  14. Margaret says:

    Your story raises so many ideas, as can be seen in the comments so far. It’s a truly thought-provoking piece that left me pondering. Great.


  15. This one really packs a punch, Siobhán! I kept many of the out of our home, for a long time… but they are insidious! Love the way our approached this.

    Hope you are well. xox


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