The Quiet Ones – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

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Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the little frog. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.

Image © Roger Bultot. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Roger Bultot’s permission.

The Quiet Ones

“Our species doesn’t deserve to survive.”

“What makes you say that?”

“Look at us. Wars, mass killings. It never ends.”

“I agree.”

“You do? I thought…”

”No, you’re right. Tribalism, greed, the pretense of divine will—it’s been going on since biblical times and hasn’t stopped. We’re still the same people we were back then…”

”It’s hopeless. The cruelty we impose on each other… we’re a lost cause.”

”No we’re not. We’ve got great compassion, and love. But that’s not valued, there’s no power there. That’s what can be changed, what must be changed.”

“You sure about that?”

”You bet.”

(100 words)


I pledge

Another synagogue shooting, the Easter mass murder in Sri Lanka, the mosque shooting in New Zealand, another synagogue shooting in the US, another mosque shooting, another… and no, other religions aren’t immune to killing out of pretended religious reasons either. When I saw the picture I was debating myself whether I should participate this week, being German and all that. Once again white supremacists march and kill people, being loud and unabashed about it. Then I thought I’ll just be preachy again. So here you have it.



63 thoughts on “The Quiet Ones – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. Dear Gabi,

    Who better to write the story than a German who is NOT guilty of the sins of the previous generation. I embrace you meine schvester. We can only hope that love and compassion will win in the end. Well done as we remember the Holocaust this week so we can cry in unison, “Never again!”



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    1. Thank you Rochelle. Yes, never again. But then I wonder, what would I have done had I lived then? I’m not a brave person, more the sheep type. I go to the streets and march in demonstrations but that’s pretty much where my courage ends. I’m disgusted and outraged by what I see going on again in Germany and elsewhere.

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        1. Thank you, Rochelle. I really don’t know. Growing up with that shame and guilt shaped many of my generation. Who knows how we’d have turned out elsewhere. And yet, the Nazis are back. They were hiding in plain sight, we didn’t take them seriously for far too long.


    1. Thank you. It’s true that there are many haters, but overall they are the minority. They are the loudest though. The ‘normal people’, those who have compassion and understanding, need to get louder and be seen and heard.

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      1. I agree – there are more of us than the haters, but the haters are louder and are more often heard. We do need to make sure our voices are heard and not just the voices of the worst of us….

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  2. Not all Germans are Nazis. Not all Jews are devious. Not all Muslims are radical Jihadists. Not all Christians are haters of all other religions. If we could focus more on the “Not all” instead of the ugly, we’d be in a much better place.

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  3. That argument turned around in a hurry. We think things we really like others to contradict to give us hope. Well-written, Gabriele. Let’s hope more of us would do the right thing than not if confronted with evil. —- Suzanne

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  4. Brilliant message, Gabriele. I keep dreaming … But humans have been doing this to each other since the beginning of time.
    I shall continue sharing love, regardless

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  5. ”It’s hopeless. The cruelty… we’re a lost cause.”
    Sadly I agree with this statement.
    But I desperately hope to be proven wrong, Gabi.
    Well written, and your optimism is commendable.

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    1. Thank you! I sometimes agree with it, too. But more often I think that we have the ability to do the right thing, sadly it’s mostly restricted to the poor and powerless. Let’s keep hoping.


    1. These experimenters could introduce a balancing factor if they so chose… But since I see us as a product of evolution and not an experiment, I wish we were more like our cousins the Bonobos and less like our other cousins, the Chimps. Thank you Ronda.


  6. I find myself wondering, why, why. I think that it is just to easy to be evil. Where as being kind often takes determination and courage. Your writing has got me thinking, which is good. Thank you.

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    1. I hadn’t thought about that, great insight. I always thought being kind would take less effort… but maybe part of the evil is indifference, looking away, which really is easier. Thank you Michael.

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  7. These days it seems that people find it easier to react than to reflect. I can hardly believe we seem to be venturing down that route again, after all that has happened. Well done, Gabi.

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    1. Thank you Sandra. What I find most despicable is the deliberate useage of Nazi propaganda methods to heat things up and get people agitated. The masses never reflect, separated, people often do.


  8. There are disturbing trends everywhere, I fear. The internet has given us great benefits, but like everything, it has also facilitated the spread of dangerous attitudes and ideas. Good for you that you followed your heart with this week’s prompt. Great story and a perfect title for it.

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