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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