6 May 2016

Published May 4, 2016 by rochellewisoff

The disc and the dragonfly

FICThe following photo is the PROMPT. Keep in mind that all photos are the property of the contributor, therefore copyrighted and require express permission to use for purposes other than Friday Fictioneers. Giving credit to whom credit is due is proper etiquette. This week’s photo is from Roger Bultot for whom there is no link. Thanks for letting us use your photos Roger. 

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


            Molly made a face at her brother. “You birdbrain.”

            “Am not!” Jimmy scowled. 

            “That’s a compliment you know,” said Grandpop.  

            “Why?” asked Molly.

            “You never heard of Cher Ami?”

            “What’s that?”

            “Not what—who. He was a hero of the Great War.” Tears stung Grandpop’s eyes. “The Krauts shot a hole in his chest, took out his eye and blew off his leg. Nothing could deter him from his mission.”         

            “Wowsers!” Jimmy’s jaw dropped. “He was tough.”

            Molly sighed. “Was he good looking, too, Grandpop?”

            “I’ll say. Two hundred of us dough boys owe that handsome carrier pigeon our lives.”    

Cher Ami


104 comments on “6 May 2016

    • Dear Suzanne,

      Cher Ami was a determined bird. I did know that she was found to be a female as well, however not every link pointed that out and for my story I went with the presumed gender. 😉 Thank you for your kind comments.



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    • Dear Karen,

      The quote is something of a mantra for me, in hopes that people will use the photo prompt as a jumping off point rather than a literal illustration. Glad you liked.




    • Dear J Hardy,

      I found the whole carrier pigeon thread fascinating. Cher Ami wasn’t the only feathered hero, but I was, of course, limited to 100 words. 😉 Thank you for such a wonderful comment/compliment.




  • Respect the Pigeon! Love this story, Rochelle. Not sure if I’ll have time to write this week between funerals, but I’ll try. My apologies ahead of time to those I read regularly, this week is just not the best for me. Smiles, heads up, and share your munchies with the pigeons in the park!


  • You are simply amazing, Rochelle! Love this story!

    And I laughed… in your link, it says “HE died from HER injuries…” so you could choose whatever gender you wanted! Besides Cher Ami implies a male as it would be Chère Amie for a female…


    • Dear Dale,

      I looked at several links. Apparently it was originally thought that the bird was male. Later they realized she was a female. I guess by then the name had been set in stone. I didn’t catch that typo in this particular link, though. Thank you for such an amazing compliment.



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  • I love the way the connective tissues work in all your stories! You take a photograph, find a related image, find a lesser-known, or well-known human aspect of history, create a brilliant story, and voilà, your one hundred words of creative story-telling emerge for all to see!
    Love your story, Rochelle!

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  • You always provide such interesting history! The twist surprised me 🙂 We once were travelling in Europe and came across a beautiful memorial garden — one of the most touching was a plaque and statue with verse about a dog who had “worked” in WWII. 🙂

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  • Dear Rochelle

    Another piece of great historical fiction from you. I love the idea that Cher Ami got recognition for his bravery and life-saving skills.

    Great story.

    Best wishes


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  • Wonderfully well written story – with a great history lesson that showcases the incredible ingenuity and means used during those awful wars and battles. In service to one’s country.

    Lovely reading Rochelle 🙂

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    • Dear Loré,

      It’s really difficult to tell with birds. We had two cockatiels once. The one we named Charlotte turned out to be Charlie and the other, Madison was a male. Glad you liked my story and took the time to say so.



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    • Dear CE,

      I think most girlies of a certain age have their heads in the clouds where the handsome young men are concerned. (Consider all the teen magazines with 8 x 10 glossies of movie and music idols.) Reality sets in much later. (Returned snigger)

      Thank you for your compliment re my story.

      Shalom and a gentle hug,



  • Dear Flo,
    I suppose the reason they used pigeons instead of geese is because they were smaller targets and not prone to talking like that stupid AFLAC goose. What a blabber-beak. He’d give away more secrets than Hillary’s classified emails.

    Respectfully yours,
    General Starling

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    • Dear General Starling,

      I’ll take the carrier pigeon over the AFLAC goose any day. We have a flock of homing geese in our neighborhood. Which is to say that they feel at home pooping in our driveway.

      Shooting my pricing gun and saying shalom,
      Regressively yours,


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  • What a take! Love the history here and the fact that the bird was called Cher Ami. Something new I learned today. Grandpa has stories. They best listen. Great storytelling and entertaining too, Rochelle.

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    • Dear Amy,

      I do have a tendency to write stories that are told from generation to generation. Perhaps because I wish my own grandparents had been more forthcoming. 😉 I’m glad you liked the story. It was a pleasant write. Thank you.



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  • Shalom Rochelle!

    I thought I should share this with you when I watched the video. it’s three minutes long. Wasn’t sure how to send it to you. Hope you don’t mind my sharing it here.
    (I thought I’d share it in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day which was Thursday, I believe.)


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  • Hi Rochelle
    Fabulous story and I love the Atlas Obscura – what a find! I’m enjoying being back here. I got a little obsessed with Friday Fiction before and wasn’t writing anything else – I thought a short break would be good, but it turned into a long break, (with very little writing being done). So it looks like I’ve lapsed and gone back to my addiction 🙂


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