Crossing Over

December 13, 2017 at 9:30 am 43 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 15 December 2017

Sandra Crook

Photo Credit: Sandra Crook
 
Zara found herself in danger of becoming a sex slave when ISIS overran their village. This led her brother Jiwan to escort her to the Syrian border to save her.

With the border in sight, they made a dash for it. Fear never crossed her mind even when shots rang out. She felt safe beside her brother who protected her since they were young.

Suddenly, Jiwan fell, fatally shot.

“Jiwan!” she cried.

“Go,” she remembered him saying, blood coming out of his mouth.

“But Jiwan.”

“Go… Go…”

Zara survived and later joined an all-women volunteer force to fight the invaders.

Yazidi Woman Fighter

A Yazidi Woman Fighter – Iraqi News

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  • 1. rochellewisoff  |  December 13, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Graphic, grisly and well told.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    PS: I think you meant “shots rang out” not “Shots ran out” 😉

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    • 2. plaridel  |  December 13, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      rochelle:

      he was her lampost and guiding light. she will fight in his memory.

      thanks for bringing up that typo. much appreciated. corrected as we speak.

      Reply
  • 3. prior..  |  December 13, 2017 at 11:44 am

    go Zara….

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    • 4. plaridel  |  December 13, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      prior:

      i think she could hear you. 🙂

      Reply
  • 5. Susan A Eames  |  December 13, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Oh, that was sad and powerful!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • 6. plaridel  |  December 13, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      susan:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 7. Iain Kelly  |  December 13, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Both of them are exceptionally brave people – the more so because I’m sure there are similar stories in the real world.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  December 13, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      iain:

      kudos to the yazidi women warriors who choose to fight rather than be enslaved.

      Reply
  • 9. Joy Pixley  |  December 13, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    A tragic experience like that could inspire great sacrifice and bravery, I believe it. Moving tale.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  December 14, 2017 at 11:17 am

      joy:

      thank you for the nice comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 11. Moon  |  December 13, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    A very noble brother.
    Sad that Zara had to lose him to gain life.
    Great story and writing, Plaridel.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  December 14, 2017 at 11:19 am

      moon:

      he died to save her. he’d always be her hero.

      Reply
  • 13. Alicia Jamtaas  |  December 13, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    What a lovely tale of love, and fear, and revenge. Lovely take on the prompt. Happy holidays.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  December 14, 2017 at 11:20 am

      alicia:

      happy holidays to you, too. i’m glad you like the story.

      Reply
  • 15. anuragbakhshi  |  December 13, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Oh my God! What a powerful and moving tale. Go Zara!

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    • 16. plaridel  |  December 14, 2017 at 11:21 am

      anurag:

      just like her brother, she was a brave, too.

      Reply
  • 17. Sandra  |  December 14, 2017 at 2:56 am

    Great take on the prompt. Brave women.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  December 14, 2017 at 11:22 am

      sandra:

      thank you for reading as usual. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 19. Keith's Ramblings  |  December 14, 2017 at 5:31 am

    A brilliant and timely tale. Excellent plaridel.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  December 14, 2017 at 11:23 am

      keith:

      what a nice compliment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 21. draliman  |  December 14, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Sad, but it prompted her to fight back.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  December 14, 2017 at 11:23 am

      draliman:

      she had no choice.

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  • 23. pennygadd51  |  December 14, 2017 at 9:11 am

    While I admire the courage of your heroine, I think she is completely wrong. Wars will continue and become more destructive for as long as people are prepared to pick up weapons and fight. The whole mindset has to change.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  December 14, 2017 at 11:26 am

      penny:

      i fully understand your sentiment, but there are times when you have to stand up against evil like ISIS.

      Reply
  • 25. granonine  |  December 14, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I really don’t like having to “like” such a real, happening right now story. But you told it so well that I “liked” it for that. The story itself breaks my heart. So many young women do not survive

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    • 26. plaridel  |  December 14, 2017 at 11:27 am

      linda:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 27. michael1148humphris  |  December 14, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    A powerfully told story, it take the reader into a world full of pain and sadness. Guns bring evil when-ever they are used.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  December 15, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      michael:

      i appreciate the comment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 29. Varad  |  December 15, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Nicely done, Plaridel.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  December 15, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      varad:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 31. Fabricating Fiction/Louise Jensen  |  December 15, 2017 at 1:39 am

    So hard hitting. You did so well to pull that off in 100 words.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  December 15, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      louise:

      what a compliment coming from you. much appreciated. thank you.

      Reply
  • 33. Snow's Fissures and Fractures  |  December 15, 2017 at 4:56 am

    A powerful story, indeed.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  December 15, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      lora:

      you’re very generous. thank you.

      Reply
  • 35. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  December 16, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    My heart bleeds for the Yazidi… and hopefully they may some day find a way back to their home.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  December 18, 2017 at 9:36 am

      björn:

      i feel the same way.

      Reply
  • 37. michaelwynnauthor  |  December 17, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Stark tale told brilliantly as usual.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  December 18, 2017 at 9:35 am

      michael:

      thank you for reading. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 39. Sarah Ann  |  December 18, 2017 at 6:27 am

    This is so full of emotion – fear, loss, determination to carry on. A great story.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  December 18, 2017 at 9:35 am

      sarah:

      you’re very kind. thank you.

      Reply
  • 41. patriciaruthsusan  |  December 19, 2017 at 2:48 am

    This is powerful and timely, Plaridel. Good writing. —- Suzanne

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    • 42. plaridel  |  December 19, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      suzanne:

      thank you for your support as always. much appreciated.

      Reply

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