Monday, August 31, 2015

Luigi...The family had no idea that.....

Luigi: Who was he?  What did he ?

In this prompt, may writers take on a short story about the enigmatic man, Luigi.  This prompt is provided by Mondays Finish The Story.  This is a unique flash fiction challenge where writer must finish the story using 100-150 words, not including the sentence provided.

This is my first jab.  Hope it goes well.  Click on the underlined words above to access other writers.  Thanks!

copyright Barbara W. Beacham, Luigi is the toddler up front.
100-150 words:

The family had no idea that Luigi would grow up to be the:


“…unknown hero in war time America…” Lena stared at the typewriter.  What to write about Luigi?  So many aspects…brother…soldier…diplomat…spy…brother…

She stopped there, thought a bit, and then typed rapidly.


“Luigi had a kind generous soul who treated a little sister with love…”  type, type “…Hitler invaded France when…Luigi joined Armed forces….was highly decorated...quiet...changed…” Lena rubbed her temples. “...appointed diplomat to Italy in 1953 where he…”

 
Do I write about the secret life he led?  “…diplomacy took him around Europe...USSR, where he uncovered secrets to pass on to CIA oper…”
  

Should I write about Luigi as a spy during the Cold War?  No, better not….

Delete, delete.

Now? “…while protecting me, Luigi was killed…” Lena finished, walking to the door.  

Now I go to his funeral where the headstone will read:

Luigi Gambella, b. 1903 d. 1965…A Brave Man


Whew! A photo/flash fiction challenge by Defending the Pen!  Go to her site for more information about signing up for the Link on her page or at Brenda Beacham .  Click on the blue frog there.




16 comments:

  1. To survive all of that and then just some random occurrence, would suck indeed

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    1. Living near Camp Pendleton, that seems to happen once a week: marine comes home, takes out his motorcycle, going too fast, and dies. Sad indeed.

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  2. That was a good photo for a writing prompt. Nicely done.

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    1. I loved the photo provided by Barbara Beacham. A family from Italy making America their home...great photo.

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  3. Its funny but people are often remembered for what they did last in their lives. All the cool, fantastic deeds of a lifetime can be wiped away and forgotten so easily..

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    1. Makes me think of Winston Churchill, where, in this generation in England, many young people are hardly aware of his greatness.

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  4. So many stories, so many lives packed into one. And all cancelled in an instant.

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    1. The story of generation after generation. Canceled when the last matriarch/patriarch dies.

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    1. The end is really sad, but Luigi died to save his sister's life. Death was not in vain.

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    1. Writing limited to 150 words was a challenge which I enjoyed. Sad indeed.

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  7. Flash fiction is so hard. How to get down the gist of the story? Well done.

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    1. Thanks, Liz. Flash fiction takes heartless slash and burn.

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  8. Very nicely done. Luigi sounds like he led a very interesting life. I wonder now if I could complete a story in as few words. I do tend to get carried away.

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    1. Go ahead and try it. Made me realize what words are important, what are overused.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!