Friday Fictioneers… The Red Cross

This week’s picture really didn’t do it for me, but instead, the quote from Henry David Thoreau hit the nail on the head.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.’ Henry David Thoreau

borrowed from Google Images

borrowed from Google Images

The vehicle pulled up to the orphanage, the large red cross emblazoned upon the side. The symbol, standing for the medicos who brought life-giving medicines to those in need. The orphanage had a need, attacked as it had been by the very ones who opposed the murdering of innocents. The vehicle pulled up to the orphanage, the back doors opened. Inside, soldiers who’d exchanged their Khaki and digi-camos for scrubs and white jackets, stood up and began to pile out into the street.

Snipers and soldiers held their fire. They were doctors and nurses of course. They were here to heal the sick, the wounded. It was against the Geneva conventions to fire upon them.

The soldier-docs entered the orphanage at a run, afraid that they would be fired upon despite the emblems that marked them as non-violent participants in the war. Inside, they finished their mission…


17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. faithsfire
    Apr 24, 2014 @ 12:17:17

    Ach, just as I finished typing this, I heard on the news about the attack on the hospital in Afghanistan. Please, oh, please, forgive this write. It in no way is reflective of the atrocity that was just committed. It is fiction, pure and simple.


  2. aliciajamtaas
    Apr 24, 2014 @ 13:36:44

    There is no need to count words or be forgiven for anything. This is a heartfelt beautiful piece. Sometimes we need to veer off course to make things right.


  3. Rachel Bjerke
    Apr 24, 2014 @ 17:21:37

    No need to forgive anything, it’s a good, thought-provoking story.


  4. weltchysnotebook
    Apr 24, 2014 @ 17:26:32

    These things happen. Nicely written story. I think it reflects humanity in situations like this


  5. Liz Young
    Apr 25, 2014 @ 09:32:33

    A story well told, and a dreadful coincidence that you posted it on that day.


    • faithsfire
      Apr 25, 2014 @ 12:13:02

      I actually feel very regretful for that fact. It’s an atrocity that no one wants to see, and yet, it is a reality of war. A very sad reality, indeed.


  6. sustainabilitea
    Apr 25, 2014 @ 12:55:25

    There really are no words for things such as this. Well done story about something horrible.



  7. cshowers
    Apr 25, 2014 @ 17:36:12

    I don’t believe it was just a coincidence that your post reflected current circumstances unbeknownst to you when you posted it. I believe this was a message that needed to be told, and God led you to ignore the picture prompt and write this instead. People need to know the truth – that in the wars of men, there are many atrocities committed, and those who commit such atrocities try to excuse their reprehensible behavior by claiming their cause was just… And they refuse to acknowledge that their is a just God who is judging them for every injustice committed… I’m very thankful for your post.

    God bless you,


  8. patrickprinsloo
    Apr 25, 2014 @ 19:26:42

    War is hell. It makes us behave like savages. A great reminder.


  9. rochellewisoff
    Apr 26, 2014 @ 10:52:41

    Dear Faith,

    To semi-quote Hawkeye of MASH fame, “War is worse than hell. In hell there are no innocent bystanders.”




    • faithsfire
      Apr 28, 2014 @ 14:51:02

      True. I know I’m gonna mangle the quote, but here goes it. From Hawkeye of MASH fame: “There is war and there is hell, and of the two, war is far worse.


  10. rgayer55
    Apr 28, 2014 @ 19:12:02

    This is a very sad and too-real tale. I’m with Cheryl and don’t believe it was a coincidence that you chose a different prompt for this week’s story.


  11. Nan Falkner
    Apr 29, 2014 @ 18:16:29

    This reminds me of the doctor from Chicago who was killed a week ago along with another doctor by their own body guard. War is hell. And the new warriors who don’t follow the Geneva convention are the worst of all. They’re God will punish them for going against his teachings. Good story! Thanks, Nan 🙂


    • faithsfire
      Apr 29, 2014 @ 19:36:03

      Nan, war is by it’s very definition evil. In war, often the code is survival… this event was just another in a long list of atrocities both known and unknown that have occurred.


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