THE COLLABORATOR

How ironic that he should use this car in order to blend in to the street life of Haifa.

When Elias had been a boy the sight of a Volkswagen would have turned heads. Not anymore.

The man crossed the street in front of the car. Elias glanced at the photograph to be sure. It was him. Thirty years older but there was no doubt.

Elias gunned the engine. The man turned. Realisation spread over his face. His past had finally caught up with him.

How apt that he should be killed by a German car, Elias thought as he floored the accelerator.


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Copyright Kent Bonham

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

88 responses to “THE COLLABORATOR”

  1. A full and satisfying story in 100 words, Iain

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    1. Thanks Neil, much appreciated.

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  2. Haha! Loved this one. I realized where this one was going after the third line and as expected the denouement was just spectacular. Cheers, Varad

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    1. Thank you, very kind.

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  3. You create excitement and the need to know more with such few words.

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  4. I think it might be ‘closure’ for both of them. Nicely done.

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  5. Good story. I like the irony as well, though it was BMW who made the tank and aircraft engines for the Nazis.

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    1. Thanks. Volkswagen produced military vehicles during the war for Germany too and their logo in the 1930s was the VW symbol surrounded by a swastika. Mercedes-Benz and a few others were also tainted by this. As far as I can tell (from very brief research) Israel initially did little trade, including cars, with Germany post-war, but by the 1970s this seemed to have thawed.

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      1. You are right! They made tanks! I stand corrected. The whole concept was Hitler’s and Speer’s idea anyway.

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  6. Dear Iain,

    Now THAT’s poetic justice. 😀 Love it. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thank you Rochelle, I’m glad it met your approval 🙂

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  7. Yes, closure, for sure What a complete story_- taut and crispy and served piping hot. Well done, Lian.

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  8. Karma definitely bit him in the —…. Good story.

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  9. Irony, indeed! Particularly enjoyed having the Nazi run over by the car of *that* particular model – and you didn’t even need to spell out who the victim was!

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    1. Thanks Chris, glad it all worked for you.

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  10. What a Great story !

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  11. Nicely done Iain.

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  12. What a great story and I liked how it linked back to the prompt. Well done.
    xx Rowena

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    1. Thanks Rowena, much appreciated.

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  13. BAM! Great story 🙂

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  14. Oh, the irony. Great story, Iain 🙂

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  15. Justice, action, perfect timing and a wham of an ending. Great story, Iain.

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    1. that’s all you have to say Keith, thank you!

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  16. Two stories for the price of one, and a lot of history thrown in. Great.

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  17. Good story! I just finished reading a true story about a Jewish family torn apart by the Nazi’s (We Were the Lucky Ones) and I could easily see one of the main characters doing something like this.

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    1. Thanks Janet, sounds like a good read.

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  18. It is amazing how much has been told in such little words. The story extends far beyond this. Very well done!

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  19. A German(cough.. Nazi) killed by Made in Germany (cough.. Volkswagen) which ironically was the German(cough.. Nazi) pride.. Hmm.. Justice is served..

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  20. Ouch! Great story – there’s so much depth for only 100 words; you handle the limit so well! Thanks for sharing; I enjoyed the take 🙂

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  21. Sweet rev-enge. Hope he gets away with it.

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    1. Ha, I see what you did there 🙂

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  22. YES! Satisfaction guaranteed here, Iain! Nice story construction.

    But, how did he drive all the way to Haifa from Kansas …??? 😀

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    1. Maybe he needs that plate for his next assignment! Thanks for reading.

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  23. Ian, you are really good – This was a mystery and it makes the reader want to know more! Excellent piece. Nan

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    1. Thanks Nan, what a lovely comment!

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  24. i hope he survived, brought to justice, and sentenced to death by hanging.

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    1. I think his sentence to death has already been delivered. Thanks for reading.

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  25. Nice one Iain. The VW seems to have inspired some ‘German’ stories this week. 🙂

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    1. Thank you. It certainly has.

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  26. Ha, nice! Full circle, sort of.

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    1. Thanks – a story with a nice bookend always feels satisfying.

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  27. Good one, Iain. I love the irony too.

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  28. Poetic justice. Well done.

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  29. Very well done, Iain. Poetic justice indeed..

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  30. The perpetrator becomes the victim – justice (or revenge) has a long arm.

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  31. Be sure your sins will find you out … His past has caught up with him. I wonder if it’s a shock for people who are caught after so long, or a kind of relief? Great tale, Iain

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    1. Probably a mixture of both I suspect. Thanks Lynn.

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      1. My pleasure 🙂

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  32. Ooooo cold revenge for a past that deserves it. Well told Iain. Anger stays with us

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  33. Superb! Wonderfully written & satisfying.

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  34. Wooooahhh!! And I was hoping the story was headed for a happy end😊 Great style of storytelling Iain.
    More power to your pen!

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  35. You have put so much into so few words. So very well done, Iain.

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  36. Good take and beautifully written Iain. It reminded me of the car chase (sort of) in Marathon Man, which heightened the tension as I read. Is it safe?

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  37. Wonderful story! I could really feel the tension.

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  38. A good read. Thank you!

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    1. You’re very welcome 🙂

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  39. You used every word superbly. A great stroy is so few words, Iain.
    I enjoyed your take on the challenge. Well done …
    Isadora 😎

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  40. Great story Iain, I originally thought of something similar. When I was a boy there was a man in our street, emaciated from his time in a Japanese POW camp. I never forget one of the other neighbours proudly showing off his new Datsun to him and wondering why the man wasn’t impressed.

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    1. I bet he wasn’t impressed! Thanks Michael

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  41. Great use of short sentences to build tension, and tell a story that leaves us wanting to know more.

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  42. Wow.. Quite a story. Could be a movie actually. Good one.

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  43. Exciting piece! I want to know what happened before now!

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    1. It has inspired me to write something longer – whether it ever comes to something, I’ll let you know!

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