Flash Fiction -Stop The Cavalry

Matt, AKA The Book Blogger  has set us the Jona Lewie Christmas song, Stop The Cavalry as the basis of this week’s one hundred word flash fiction challenge. As usual Matt has chosen an unexpected song that provides a wealth of possibilities. Here’s a clip if you don’t know the song.

These lyrics, combined with news that snow has arrived in the mountains of Crete got me thinking of war time in Crete when many allied forces were saved by the generosity and bravery of ordinary Cretans.

Stop The Cavalry

Threadbare donated clothing disguised the airman with scant protection against the mountain winter.


 Sat in the cave opening he relished the feeble sun, then racked his thumb along his notched stick. By his reckoning, it was 25th December.

Slowly he unwound his rabbit skin hand covering to search his pocket. Unable to stop tears he gently kissed the dog-eared photo, ‘Wish I was at home for Christmas, sweetheart.’

A bent form approached, shouldering a sack.

With a silent curse at his wandering attention the airman’s heart drummed. Until he heard, ‘Hey friend, here’s food. Partisans collect you tomorrow. Good Christmas!’


This small church on Katharo Plateau has two bells, the one on the right is fashioned from a wartime bomb!

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15 thoughts on “Flash Fiction -Stop The Cavalry”

  1. A touching story Yvonne, I remember that song well, also touching if listened to properly, at the time it was out, I had a homesick French friend, who sang it with his French accent, rather entertaining!
    I do hope the bell/bomb is not “live”
    Do I wish I was home for Christmas? I am! After nearly 40 years, Greece is home.
    Have a very Merry Christmas Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you , Susan. I’ve always like that song. I believe there are 8 churches on Katharo Plateau, of which 6 have decommissioned bombs as bells. I think I’d better investigate the why and how…

      Of course you are home for Christmas, it feels like home when I’m there for 4 days let alone 40 years!

      Best wishes, x


  2. Hi Jan, thanks for your comment. I wonder what statement the bomb bell was making. It can’t be just that it was a handy piece of scrap metal as other churches on Katharo Plateau have them too. I’ve a photo of one other so I need to visit the other four. I can think of a man who should be able to give me some background. Turks banned church bells so it could be connected to that… X


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