Picture Massacre

Friday Fictioneers – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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Picture Massacre

The whole family together; that’s what I’ll do. Put all these pictures into a leather-bound album. I need to sort them; uncles, aunts and the great-great somebodies or another? My brother’s family pictures have survived as has one of Uncle Bert in uniform.  I am not sure how old my mother was then, but the boy on the tractor, well that’s me with Baxter my collie. Oh, here’s Auntie Rose with a Derringer tucked into her fishnets. Was that real?
‘Why us?’
‘Family memories?’ said the nurse.
‘Yea, that’s all I have left.’
‘Okay, we need to change those bandages.’

34 responses to “Picture Massacre

  1. At least he has photos to remind him of his younger days.

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  2. Of course, once he sorts them, and imposes on them the order he believes they imply, the story becomes his, not theirs

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  3. This sounds like the story of a very troubled family. Yes?

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  4. The bandages suggest some sort of accident, but he lost all his family suddenly? Or is he just on one long run of bad luck… Good character piece James.

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  5. This may have been a less tragic story if that Derringer were real.

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  6. Going through all these photos would be quite a task.

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  7. Dear James,

    Such a tragic tale. That album will be hard to look at but a good idea. The last line begins a whole new chapter. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  8. It’s difficult to look at photographs after a tragedy. Perhaps, they’ll give him comfort. Tragic tale …
    Isadora😎

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  9. No family, just pictures. That’s better than nothing I suppose.

    Here’s my story

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  10. From the title – ‘massacre’ onwards, the story was of loss – found it sad. I wanted to know much more about what had happened.

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  11. Oh gosh, well done. Memories are all the remains to hold onto

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  12. A story with a powerful backstory, James. At least he can sort things out through the pictures. Well done. —- Suzanne

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  13. How dreadful to lose all of one’s family at the same time. I wonder if having these pictures offers him any consolation. A sad story that makes me wonder what will happen next.

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  14. When all that is left are photos and memories it makes life bittersweet.
    When one is the sole survivor of a massacre, they become even more so.

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  15. A well written, but rather disheartening piece James. Perhaps it just hit a little too close to home – I’m not getting any younger you know… relatives are dropping like flies…

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  16. When all that is left is the photos, it’s a lonely place to be.

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  17. A whole family history contained in those few scraps. Sad but truthful James

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  18. a powerful and haunting tale with a stunning title. loved it and admired it

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  19. Sounds like he’s been though some hard times…

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  20. im having a hard time finding on line what kind of equip. there using on us,

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