Last week’s dreadful events in Paris led The Book Blogger, Matt to choose the beautiful piano instrumental, Moonlight Sonata as the theme for this week’s flash fiction.
A fellow contributor, Ritu at But I Smile Anyway posted her piece very quickly, it is beautiful, fitting and heartfelt.
As I skew my flash fiction to be Greek based I had decided not to participate this week; I didn’t want to trivialise the thoughtfulness of Matt and Ritu. Then I remembered this photo from the International Business Times:
The story with this photo was that the Greek Coast Guard had stopped a vessel sailing off the coast of Crete with a load of arms among refugees. To read more click on the photo.
On reflection, I have read so many dreadful reports of the lengths people go to in their efforts to escape from Syria, and heart warming stories of Greeks rescuing people from drowning that I think I can participate effectively.
Cheerful British customers filled the taverna, all looking forward to a quiz. Maria, the taverna owner’s daughter, sat near the muted TV using her iPad. Then someone noticed the English headline on the TV, ‘Look at that! The Greek coast guard found arms among a boatload of refugees.’
Conflicting opinions caused a din..
‘Let them drown!’
‘That’s immoral, those poor people.’
‘Oh God, that will drain empathy. We’ve been working hard at the rescue centre.’
Maria made her way around the throng showing people this:
They dug deep. Donate like Maria, click here.