Spoils of War

October 1, 2014 at 12:32 pm 53 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-word challenge 3 October 2014

Note: This story was inspired by current events in northern Iraq. The evil that men do in the name of Islam is giving it a bad reputation it doesn’t deserve.

Kent Bonham
Photo Credit: Kent Bonham

It was past noon when the Army of God came to the village. The men and the boys were executed. The women and the girls were kept in a safe house as spoils of war.

Mariam recognized the man in charge as the kindly gentleman who used to give out lollipops in their neighborhood.

“I’ll spare you and your sisters,” he said one night, “just be nice to me.”

He then took Mariam to his room and began to undress her.

“Please, sir, no,” she meekly protested.

In another room, Mariam’s sisters were asleep totally unaware of her muffled cries.

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  • 1. waitingforaname  |  October 1, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    A story too sad, too true to “Like.” Well done.

    • 2. plaridel  |  October 1, 2014 at 7:20 pm


      thank you for reading. my goal was to stir up emotions. hopefully, i had achieved it.

  • 3. aliciajamtaas  |  October 1, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    “Spare” has many meanings in this. Great take on the prompt.

    • 4. plaridel  |  October 1, 2014 at 7:21 pm


      the picture prompt made me do it. as i see it as a discarded lollipop, i couldn’t come up with a happy one.

  • 5. The Writer's Village  |  October 1, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    well written, unlikeable story about one of life’s ugliest moments.

    • 6. plaridel  |  October 1, 2014 at 7:21 pm


      i agree it was an unlikeable story, but somebody had to tell it.

  • 7. Leigh W. Smith  |  October 1, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Well written, timely, and utterly awful subject matter. You said it well once again, Plaridel.

    • 8. plaridel  |  October 1, 2014 at 7:21 pm


      glad that even though the subject matter was awful, you still thought it was well written. meant a lot.

      • 9. Leigh W. Smith  |  October 2, 2014 at 7:35 am

        And, what’s more, as an artist (which you are), you don’t shy away from the depressing and repulsive subject matter, not just the beauty and harmony. Bravo for that, too, Plaridel.

        • 10. plaridel  |  October 2, 2014 at 10:14 am


          an artist? that would be the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • 11. Leigh W. Smith  |  October 2, 2014 at 12:53 pm

            I mean it, Plaridel! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am using “artist” generally (musician, dancer, painter, photographer, writer, etc.). But you fit into at least two categories as far as I know (poet/writer and photographer).

            • 12. plaridel  |  October 2, 2014 at 9:43 pm


              you’re very kind.

              • 13. Leigh W. Smith  |  October 4, 2014 at 11:11 am

                TY, and back atcha, Plaridel! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy weekend!

  • 14. Elizabeth  |  October 1, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Very sad, lots of people are suffering right now in name of the religion.

    • 15. plaridel  |  October 1, 2014 at 11:24 pm


      my heart was filled with anger and grief as i was writing it.

  • 16. Sandra  |  October 1, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    It’s too much of a reality for many these days. Painful to read.

    • 17. plaridel  |  October 2, 2014 at 10:09 am


      hopefully, there’s a lesson to be learned here.

  • 18. rochellewisoff  |  October 2, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    The Army of God? That alone made me cringe. Grisly where it needed to be and chillingly subtle. Quality I’ve come to expect from you. Well done indeed.



    • 19. plaridel  |  October 2, 2014 at 10:09 am


      thank you for the compliments. much appreciated.

  • 20. Douglas MacIlroy  |  October 2, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    You’re getting good.

    This is on of my favorite so far this week. You’ve taken the obscure prompt photo and turned in a sinister story that has the clear ring of truth. Very well done.



    • 21. plaridel  |  October 2, 2014 at 10:10 am


      coming from you, i take it as a great compliment. thank you.

  • 22. Love Happy Notes - Daily Fun and Inspiration  |  October 2, 2014 at 3:24 am

    Dear Plaridel, your emotional story is worded perfectly. LHN

    • 23. plaridel  |  October 2, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Love Happy Notes:

      thank you for being touched by this story.

  • 24. Sightsnbytes  |  October 2, 2014 at 4:09 am

    OMG! all I can say. My heart goes out to those who can relate to this story.

    • 25. plaridel  |  October 2, 2014 at 10:12 am


      thank you for taking the time to read this story. i appreciate it very much.

  • 26. draliman  |  October 2, 2014 at 5:29 am

    Chilling and very true to life.

    • 27. plaridel  |  October 2, 2014 at 10:13 am


      i’m afraid so. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  • 28. Bjรถrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  October 2, 2014 at 8:43 am

    How the kind man can become such a monster in the name of god makes me proud to be an atheist..

    • 29. plaridel  |  October 2, 2014 at 10:13 am


      there’s nothing wrong with religion. unfortunately, some power-hungry folks use it for their selfish ends. as they say, even the devil will quote the bible or the koran if it suits their purpose.

  • 30. R. E. Hunter  |  October 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    All too realistic, sadly. But well portrayed.

    • 31. plaridel  |  October 2, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      r. e. hunter:

      it’s a sad story alright. thank you for reading.

  • 32. Sorchia D  |  October 2, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    One of the more disturbing bits I’ve read this week because it is all too real. Well done.

    • 33. plaridel  |  October 2, 2014 at 9:44 pm


      i appreciate your comment very much. thank you

  • 34. rgayer55  |  October 3, 2014 at 3:20 am

    I’ve never been able to understand how people can perform unGodly acts in the name of God, but they’ve been doing it since the beginning of time. Very well written and powerful story.

    • 35. plaridel  |  October 3, 2014 at 11:08 am


      that’s the irony of it, isn’t it? to honor god, people commit atrocities.

  • 36. lifeconfusions  |  October 3, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Wow is THE word Plaridel. Thank you for bringing such a sensitive subject to some in light. ‘Giving Islam a bad reputation it does not deserve’ , People have to realize just because they are using the name of Islam does not make them Muslims.

    • 37. plaridel  |  October 3, 2014 at 11:09 am


      i think it has nothing to do with religion. rather, it’s all about power and the desire to feel important. it’s believing what they want to believe and forcing people to believe in the same way.

  • 38. patrickprinsloo  |  October 3, 2014 at 4:43 am

    Too close to real life for comfort. Sharp observational writing. Well done.

    • 39. plaridel  |  October 3, 2014 at 11:09 am


      thank you for the nice compliment. much appreciated.

  • 40. K.Z.  |  October 3, 2014 at 8:25 am

    very sad, made me cringe and shudder

    • 41. plaridel  |  October 3, 2014 at 11:09 am


      sorry, i got a little carried away.

      • 42. K.Z.  |  October 3, 2014 at 7:16 pm

        it was well-written and we can’t really deny the reality.

        • 43. plaridel  |  October 3, 2014 at 9:34 pm



  • 44. Amy Reese  |  October 3, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    War is horrible. Well told, realistic story. It made me very sad, Plaridel.

    • 45. plaridel  |  October 3, 2014 at 9:18 pm


      i agree with you. nothing is redeeming about war.

  • 46. empeck  |  October 4, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Terribly sad, and an all too common occurrence within all conflicts. Somehow, it’s always worse when religion is perverted into justification for such acts.

    Very good story. Well done.

    • 47. plaridel  |  October 4, 2014 at 10:08 pm


      i couldn’t agree more.

  • 48. Sarah Ann  |  October 6, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    This is such a strong and disturbing piece. The fear of the girl and menace of her ‘protector’ are just right.

    • 49. plaridel  |  October 6, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      sarah ann:

      thank you for reading. i deeply appreciate your comment and reaction to it.

  • 50. Nan Falkner  |  October 7, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Dear Plaridel, Good piece and very sad. I know this happens all the time and is going on in the middle east as I’m writing this which makes me ill. Horrible people! But you wrote it well! Nan ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 51. plaridel  |  October 7, 2014 at 11:00 pm


      thank you for the nice compliment. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • 53. plaridel  |  July 20, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      thanks for the pingback! much appreciated.


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