The dust swirled round the field. The earth had given them nothing in return for all their hard work again.

Aggie stood on the porch. No sign of Al returning, the urge took him every few weeks. She knew he would be home eventually.

They were all that was left, the last remaining links of a broken family chain.

Now there was just them and the baby that was coming. A new chain about to begin. Maybe this time it would be able to withstand what this country threw at it.

The dust continued to blow as she stepped back inside and closed the door.

Copyright Linda Kreger

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).

I recently finished reading John Steinbeck’s ‘The Grapes of Wrath’, so the idea of a family as a chain of support was in my mind when I saw the prompt. An extraordinary book, this is a snapshot of what may have become of Aggie and Al after the end of the novel.

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70 responses to “WRATH UNBOWED”

  1. Well done! I hope the best for them!
    I am reading a book right now that has someone named “Aggie” in it so that threw me at first for I was like, what is she doing in his story? LOL!

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    • And still relevant with parallels in the world today. Interesting reading ‘Grapes of Wrath’ with the knowledge of migrants in America and Europe today and the similar hardships they face.


  2. Already from the first sentence I felt the Grapes of Wraith… I remember reading it many years ago when I lived in southern California, and i remember how if actually saw the migrant workers who had slept in their cars while I was on my way to work.

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  3. Wonderful writing with a great atmosphere, Iain. I think Graps of Wrath was the first Steinbeck book I read. Everything he wrote was good. Heartbreaking to see how many things still didn’t get better. Everywhere.

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  4. Beautifully written, Iain. There’s this mingling of failure and despair with a lighter optimism. Was this set during the dust storms which moved across the Midwest during the 1930s? I saw a documentary about them. Such hard times and hard to keep your spirits up. However, a baby represents hope, new beginnings even though they also bring hard work.
    Best wishes,

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    • Thanks Rowena, yes ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ was written about that era, just after the Great Depression and the impact it had on those families who lost their livelihood and homes.


  5. this reminds me of the dust bowl in the 30s that occurred due to drought and poor farming practices that made the land totally useless. steinbeck’s grapes of wrath was based on it. nice take on the prompt.

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  6. Grapes of Wrath was one of my favorites from school. (I should re-read it!)
    I did read recently: The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl.
    Such an amazing time and people. Your flash captures that.

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