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Herman sat back and allowed his mind to wander, looking out on such a boring building with its lifeless windows had taxed his soul these last years. His mind drifted back to what had stood there before the allied blitz had torched the city.

He saw a crooked row of timber framed buildings with their infills of wattle and daub painted in pastel colours, window boxes filled with flowering plants. People populated the image in his mind, Hildegard his mother setting out to care for a pregnant neighbour. His father with his paint brushes. In silence with these images he departed.

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This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. Alicia Jamtaas

    You paint such a lovely “before” picture. I can almost hear the voices of the pre-war people going about their days.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That’s a kind comment Alicia, I do love early architecture.

  2. FabricatingFiction

    Very descriptive Michael. I could picture this.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sadly so many streets around the world have been destroyed by war. Thank you,

  3. neilmacdon

    From the distance of time, it doesn’t matter where this city is and whose lives have been destroyed. It’s always sad. That was a courageous story, Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      So many streets around the world have been lost to the families who lived on them because of wor, it is so sad. Thank you for your kind comment.

  4. plaridel

    war is hell.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Plaridel, that is so true, thank you for reading my attempts at flash fiction

  5. Dale

    I, too, could totally see the picture he described… Lovely, though sad

    1. Michael Humphris

      Losing ones home to war is so sad wherever one lives. I am so pleased that this story found favour, Mike

  6. draliman

    Quite a quiet, calm scene as he lets his mind drift to days gone by before passing. Nice!

    1. Michael Humphris

      So different to the trauma’s of war. I thank you for your feedback which helped me understand how such a story felt to those who read it. Thank you.

  7. Sandra

    Beautifully done. And I love that dog!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I sorry he is staying with me but he thanks you for your kind comments, as I do.

  8. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Great descriptions. I always learn new words from you…sort of like being an exchange student. Cute dog.



    1. Michael Humphris

      One of the beauty’s of FF is the exchange of ideas and words. I have learned so much from you and the others.

      Robbie says ‘cute’ would not his his choice of how he see’s himself. He thinks that smart and loyal suit him better.

  9. jellico84

    good little write today. enjoyed it.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am so pleased, thank you for commenting.

  10. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    Very good imagery here. I loved the “crooked row of timber framed buildings.” So much more interesting than straight lines and edges.

    1. Michael Humphris

      They certainly are, i am glad that you enjoyed the story. Mike

  11. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    The contrast between the two times works very well

    1. Michael Humphris

      It was unintentional, but thank you

  12. Patrick Prinsloo

    It’s still happening now in too many towns and cities around the world.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Very sadly that is so true.

  13. Sascha Darlington

    Excellent description; you had me right there in the scene.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for your kind comment

  14. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    I could see it all….

    1. Michael Humphris

      Change has to happen, but some times it happens for the wrong reasons. Thank you for commenting.

  15. patriciaruthsusan

    I cringe when they tell on the news how ancient buildings and artworks thousands of years old have been pulled down and destroyed out of sheer hatred of the way others believe. This type of hatred is malignant and detestable. Good writing, Mike. — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      I so agree – malignant and evil. Although we cannot keep hold of the past, we should not destroy it. Thank you so much for commenting.

  16. Michael Wynn

    Great descriptions and poignancy Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Michael. I appreciate your comment.

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