COLD TEARS

They huddled closer together as the roar passed overhead. The stone walls of the barn did little to protect them from the frost outside. Their breaths formed white clouds in the air, their cold tears stung their faces.

They heard an explosion in the distance. Then a series of cracks like gunfire. They had come far, but the fighting was following them. They would have to leave the barn soon and carry on west.

She looked into her daughter’s eyes. She saw her husband’s features in her young face and wondered if she would ever see him again. She apologised again for bringing her daughter into this world.


Copyright Lisa Fox

Written for Friday Fictioneers 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, visiHERE.

64 responses to “COLD TEARS”

  1. It’s so hard to imagine what that must feel like

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    1. It’s devastating to watch, and to try and imagine how any of us would cope under similar circumstances.

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  2. Nicely done, Iain. great atmosphere for so few words.

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  3. Hari OM
    An opportunity well taken… YAM xx

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  4. Dear Iain,

    A reality too many are living. Well written.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  5. Sad reality for too many. Even more terrifying with a child.

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    1. Hard to grasp what their lives have become in such a short time.

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  6. Powerful and beautifully written story, Iain.

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  7. Beautiful tribute to Ukraine. With you, we hold our breath & send our blessings for what may be a long siege. 😰🥀

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  8. Well-written, Iain. The senseless devastation of war spares no one.

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  9. I read Rochelle’s and now yours and I wonder if we have really changed anything in 100 years. Well-told, frighteningly bleak.

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    1. Unfortunately I think you are right to wonder. It seems we have not learned.

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  10. A harsh reality that those people in Ukraine are suffering at the whim of Putin. What a tragedy.

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    1. Every day it seems to only get worse.

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      1. I know. It’s heartbreaking.

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  11. Sadly, that’s happening real time today.

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    1. Afraid so, Danny. We can only hope it ends quickly.

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  12. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to go through what they are. Nicely written, Iain.

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    1. Thanks Dale. It’s impossible to imagine how their lives have turned upside down in such a short time.

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      1. It’s awful. Awe (not the good) inspiring.

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  13. Imagining the families looking for shelter and trying to stay ahead of the blasts brings such sorrow, and in this cold… 😦

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    1. It’s horrific, and we seem to be powerless to prevent it.

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  14. You give us a little glimpse of the almost unimaginable suffering of refugees in wartime. I like the way you use the daughter’s appearance to make the family bonds vivid. The title is excellent, too.

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    1. Very kind Penny, thank you. A story you wish didn’t have to be written.

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  15. Well done. You packed so much in those 100 words.

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  16. The evil that is war came across so well in your writing.

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  17. Touching.. well done Iain

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  18. It’s a terrible thing, to feel guilt for giving life. But there are still monsters amongst us who can prompt that. Sensitively done, Iain.

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  19. Such a dark and forlorn scene, Iain. Well composed.

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    1. Thanks Bill, dark times for many.

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  20. Such a terrible situation.

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  21. A timely write, Iain. I can’t begin to imagine their fear.
    I remember when we had to go to a shelter during a severe hurricane here in Florida.
    The building shook and the wind was frightening. You captured that feeling in this story.
    Isadora 😎

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  22. how sad. war is hell where there’s no victor.

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    1. War is hell with or without a victor. Thank you.

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  23. Good job bringing us into the situation so many are currently facing. I can’t believe this is happening in today’s world.

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    1. It really is unbelievable.

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  24. Great write. We are all obsessed with their fate and our inability to do anything. I sorted out some warm clothes – not much against bombs.

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    1. But something, and better than nothing. Thanks Liz

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  25. I can imagine the fear and despair. Also the guilt she’s feeling about not being able to protect her child from it all. An undeserved guilt, but I understand it would feel that way. Well told.

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  26. Heartbreaking Iain.
    This must be utterly terrifying

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  27. A poignant and topical story, ‘Cold Tears’ says it all.

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  28. Such a poignant piece, Iain. Well done.

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