This post is part of the 100 Word Challenge for Grown-Ups at Julia’s Place.
They met at the same time every year, William and Joseph, under the stone memorial – the one engraved with “lest we forget”.
William arrived first and set to work clearing up chip wrappers, cigarette ends and empty cans. Joseph arrived 5 minutes later, and looked in dismay at the graffiti-covered monument. He held out a newspaper to show William the headline: “Bomb in Baghdad Kills 8!”
“How many poppies this year?” he asked, lip quivering.
“A few. Fewer than last year.”
“How long has it been?”
“Not long. Less than 100 years.”
“William,” he said sadly, “I think they forgot why we died.”
While you are here, I want to ask you a favour. I’ve been short-listed for a prize in a writing competition at the Writers Bureau. They have published the 4 best entries and it’s now up for a public vote to choose the winner. Unfortunately this makes it less about the writing and more about a popularity contest, but with a writing course up for grabs I want to win anyway! If any of you have a Facebook account, please would you visit the Writers Bureau page, scroll down to find my entry (it’s the one about the pumpkin) and leave a comment (clicking Like doesn’t count as a vote). The four entries are only the length of 1 tweet so won’t take long to read and I would be really, really, REALLY grateful! My entry was just in the lead last time I looked, but it’s really close!
And finally, why not share the way you approach the 100 Word Challenge.