They Sang Together

FFfAW Challenge-Week of March 28, 2017

Photo prompt provided by Louise with The Storyteller’s Abode. Thank you, Louise!


The footsteps can be heard now. They are coming for us. But we will sing this song till we die, that’s what papa told mama. I overheard. I do not know why someone would hate mother when she sings so well. Papa says that it’s because she is jew. I don’t know why that is a problem.

They think I am too small to understand but I know that we are part of a war. I heard him saying that no one can exit the country. There is no escaping from our fate. Even with all the money that we have. Papa already sold all the painting but one for food.

So, I know I will die today. But I will die singing with my mother while papa plays the piano. They will remember us, our face, because we will not be afraid. Our death will be for a greater cause.

The story (151 words) is a fictional account of a family living in Germany during the Second World War. We can only just imagine what happened during those dark times. This prompt inspired me to write something about a child who sees the horror of war but stands fearlessly awaiting her own death because she has the power of love. A power which she shares with her parents.

15 thoughts on “They Sang Together

  1. a different take this is…

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  2. Well written. Very touching . I can feel the pathos.

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  3. Wow! Chilling story and so well told! Sadly, the family knows they will die together but they are going out singing! Wonderful story!

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  4. michael1148humphris March 28, 2017 — 5:08 pm

    Such a sad story, very well told

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  5. Powerful take, it gives the prompt photo a real sense of history. Well done.

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  6. This reminded me a little bit of the movie, The Sound of Music. Such a beautiful take on the photo.

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    1. That was a great movie. Thanks!

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  7. very strong emotions though told with gentleness and care – well written story of the ravages of war

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  8. Great story Shivam… the girl reminds me of Anne Frank!

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  9. Hey there Shivam! I found your blog today, and I’m nominating you for That’s So Jacob’s March Blog Madness! It’s simple: find five interesting blogs today, copy and paste this comment to theirs, and give them a follow! Have a great day and if you’re so inclined, kindly come visit me over at Have fun spreading the blog love this month!

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    1. Thank you Jacob! I’ll definitely do that.


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