25/02/2016

THE THOMPSON TWINS

THE THOMPSON TWINS

The Thompson twins shared everything from cradle to cricket bat, so when they joined up together to fight the Kaiser, their mother comforted herself by saying, “They’ll look after each other,”

Then James was shipped home, alone, minus an arm. After two weeks he tried to re-enlist, pleading, “William needs me,” but the army’s response was brutal. “You can’t fire a rifle one-handed.”
So James took his father’s motor-car, followed the golden thread of William’s need to the Somme, and dug him alive out of an abandoned trench.

They ran the farm for decades with only one pair of arms between them.


Al Forbes' photo of vintage cars sporting Remembrance poppies prompted my 100 word story this week. Thanks as always to Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers. To read how other writers interpreted the photo go to her blog https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/ - after leaving a comment on mine, naturally!

32 comments:

  1. They shared everything until the end!

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  2. I was trying to think of a pun along the lines of brothers in arms, but decided against it.

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    1. But you managed to convey the thought anyway!

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  3. Touching story of brotherly love.

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    1. Thanks ansumani - twins are even more than brothers.

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  4. And I will not say "Farewell to Arms".... a very touching story, and I didn't see the remembrance poppies... my eyes are not so tuned to them..

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    1. They wouldn't be, Bjorn, unless you're British :)

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  5. Lovely story, Lizy - very poignant!

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    1. Thanks Susan - it took me a while to think how to link the cars and poppies.

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  6. Dear Liz,

    This is a story that said so much in few words. Very touching.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle. 100 words for FF makes a break from my WIP which is now up to 17,000 words!

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  7. Wonderful story of the tie between twins.

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    1. I know twin brothers aged 78 and they're freinds half the time, still at each others' throats the other half. Bringing them up must have worn their mother out!

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  8. I really liked this Liz. Especially 'golden thread of William's need'. Well done

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  9. Emotionally charged ... sad.
    Isadora 😎

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Isadora.

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  10. Very touching, full story. Loved it!

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  11. This is wonderful, Lizy. You've captured so much in your story. Like Sandra, I love the line 'followed the golden thread of William's need', and the ending is so good.

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  12. This is wonderful, Lizy. You've captured so much in your story. Like Sandra, I love the line 'followed the golden thread of William's need', and the ending is so good.

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  13. This is wonderful, Lizy. You've captured so much in your story. Like Sandra, I love the line 'followed the golden thread of William's need', and the ending is so good.

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  14. This is wonderful, Lizy. You've captured so much in your story. Like Sandra, I love the line 'followed the golden thread of William's need', and the ending is so good.

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  15. Thank you for commenting, Margirene - four times - you must really have liked it!

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  16. A touching story, Liz. So much in so few words.

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  17. What a great story, Liz. It's beautiful--so well written. --- Suzanne

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    1. Thanks Suzanne - glad you liked it.

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  18. Well told... I am glad you left the pun line out....

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