Paris, 1829.

Victor hastened along the snow-covered street.  A warm fireside awaited him. Soon he would be surrounded by dear Adèle and his children, no doubt excited by the late snowfall.

Excusez-moi monsieur, a few francs for a veteran?’ The beggar held out his hand.

Victor drew back, revulsed at the sight of the disfigured man in a tattered uniform, his posture skewed by the unsightly hump growing from his shoulder.

Saying nothing, Victor hurried passed.

Arriving at his front door he paused for a moment and looked fondly, as he always did, at Notre Dame, dominating the skyline, watching over the city below.


Copyright Dale Rogerson

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.

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97 responses to “HUGO”

  1. This fit right into the recent news, Iain. I imagine Victor saw many poor ex-servicemen around Paris who could have served as models for his hunchback. I like to think he was kinder than this character. He seemed to write with empathy. Well written. —- Suzanne

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  2. I enjoyed reading this, Iain. I’m a big fan of Victor Hugo. My favorite novel by him is Les Misérables. I too would like to think that he sort of redeemed himself when he wrote about Quasimodo, a gentle and endearing soul. And it’s a timely piece. So devastating and sad about the Notre Dame.

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  3. Great take on the prompt, Iain and nice mention of one of Hugo’s classics. I liked that you mentioned Notre Dame. Hugo’s fondness for it is shared by many.

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  4. We thought along similar lines this week, as did half the world, I think. I like how the seed of this story was planted by a chance encounter. And how trueit is, that it is easier to be kind to strangers in our imaginations, than in real life.

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  5. It’s such a tragedy, Paris doesn’t seem to be able to catch a break over the last few years. Its one of our favourite cities, and during our first and only visit there, my wife and I decided that we HAVE to come back again to do it justice. Don’t know when it will happen now.

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  6. I believe you have captured both the topical mood around the Notre-Dame fire and the sentiments of Victor Hugo. His upbringing as an ‘Army Brat’ shaped his human right attitudes and hardened his views against Napoleon. His reaction to the veteran beggar in a tattered uniform is to me understanable and perhaps a prelude to his change of heart in Les Miserables.

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  7. Good stuff Iain as ever and incredibly poignant with the awful news from this week. Like the bionic man they will rebuild, they have the technology. I imagine the new Notre Dame will be a sight to behold, when done. Paris rocks!! Vive la France

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  8. Very clever, Iain. Maybe Victor met the beggar more than once and had second thoughts about him–then hit his writing desk. 🙂

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  9. A wonderful story about a great author and the beggar who was the inspiration for a beloved character. And I liked that you mentioned Notre Dame.

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  10. Victor’s revulsion at the hunchback was palpable – very well-written! His novel could very well have been inspired by such an encounter. An excellent, timely take on the prompt.

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