Coward of the County

May 20, 2020 at 10:20 am 48 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 22 May 2020

Note: Dedicated to Kenny Rogers who passed on March 20, 2020. May he rest in peace.

C.E. Ayr
Photo Credit: C.E. Ayr

 
It was early spring when Tommy enlisted to fight in the Great War. Sara didn’t want him to go, but she didn’t want to stop him either.

She knew that he had something to prove. He was bullied and picked on all his life for being the coward of the county. They wanted to marry after boot camp, but her mother refused. โ€œI donโ€™t want you to be a young widow,โ€ she told her daughter.

The local band was playing as Tommy and the other recruits headed off to training. Sara watched their bus leaving until it vanished from view.

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Coward of the County by Kenny Rogers

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  • 1. wmqcolby  |  May 20, 2020 at 11:56 am

    Could have been a Kenny Rogers song at that. Nice story, Plaridel.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  May 20, 2020 at 2:10 pm

      kent:

      the song struck a chord in me as i was a coward myself for not standing up to a bully in high school.

      Reply
      • 3. wmqcolby  |  May 20, 2020 at 2:37 pm

        Well, then again, discretion is the better part of valor. I relate, too.

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        • 4. plaridel  |  May 20, 2020 at 5:01 pm

          kent:

          looking back, it was the right decision. i graduated and he became a dropout.

          Reply
  • 5. msjadeli  |  May 20, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Such a good story in tribute of Kenny Rogers, Plaridel. Good song to base your story on. Another favorite of his is “Ruby.”

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    • 6. plaridel  |  May 20, 2020 at 2:10 pm

      msjadeli:

      actually, there was a movie made out of it. you can view it for free on youtube.

      Reply
      • 7. msjadeli  |  May 20, 2020 at 2:23 pm

        Didn’t realize that. Thank you for the link!

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        • 8. plaridel  |  May 20, 2020 at 5:01 pm

          msjadeli:

          you’re welcome. let me know what you think of the movie. ๐Ÿ™‚

          Reply
  • 9. neilmacdon  |  May 20, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    sensible mother

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    • 10. plaridel  |  May 20, 2020 at 2:09 pm

      neil:

      she had a point. his chances of survival were slim.

      Reply
  • 11. Susan A Eames  |  May 20, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Lovely tribute!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • 12. plaridel  |  May 20, 2020 at 2:09 pm

      susan:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 13. Iain Kelly  |  May 20, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Nice tribute

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    • 14. plaridel  |  May 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm

      iain:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 15. Seyi Sandra  |  May 20, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Lovely story, I love Kenny Rogers, thank God for his music.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  May 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm

      seyi:

      he was a true teddy bear. may he rest in peace.

      Reply
  • 17. rochellewisoff  |  May 21, 2020 at 2:34 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    In reading the comments, I see this story is personal, besides being well written. Love the story. Love the song. Good job.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 18. plaridel  |  May 21, 2020 at 8:53 am

      rochelle:

      it’s very kind of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 19. Keith's Ramblings  |  May 21, 2020 at 5:55 am

    I too applaud you for this fitting tribute to a remarkable musician.

    Here’s mine!

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    • 20. plaridel  |  May 21, 2020 at 8:53 am

      keith:

      he was one of the best.

      Reply
  • 21. draliman  |  May 21, 2020 at 11:23 am

    I hope he comes back. I hadn’t heard that Kenny Rogers had died.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  May 22, 2020 at 9:35 am

      draliman:

      kenny rogers died of natural causes in his home.

      Reply
  • 23. Mike  |  May 21, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Love this kind of music, thanks for the memory jog.

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  • 25. Tannille  |  May 22, 2020 at 12:14 am

    Life can be so mean. Well done.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  May 22, 2020 at 9:34 am

      tannille:

      life is tough. we never got promised a rose garden.

      Reply
  • 27. James McEwan  |  May 22, 2020 at 3:43 am

    Sacrifice is painful for everyone you love. A well told story.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  May 22, 2020 at 9:33 am

      james:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 29. justjoyfulness  |  May 22, 2020 at 5:55 am

    That was a lovely slice of life. Used to listen to a lot of Kenny Rogers too.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  May 22, 2020 at 9:33 am

      justjoyfulness:

      kenny rogers and his songs will be remembered for a long time.

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      • 31. justjoyfulness  |  May 22, 2020 at 7:19 pm

        True!

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        • 32. plaridel  |  May 23, 2020 at 3:03 pm

          justjoyfulness:

          thanks to youtube and social media. ๐Ÿ™‚

          Reply
  • 33. Dale  |  May 22, 2020 at 6:36 am

    Wonderfully done, Plaridel. Maybe she was still available when he gets back, stronger and right for her.

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  • 37. granonine  |  May 22, 2020 at 7:04 am

    Hadn’t heard that song in a long tine. Great music, great singer. And I loved your post. Sometimes “cowards” are the greatest heroes of all.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  May 22, 2020 at 9:32 am

      linda:

      it takes courage to face your weaknesses and live with it.

      Reply
  • 39. ahtdoucette  |  May 22, 2020 at 9:02 am

    I didn’t know Kenny Rogers had passed away. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I hope the couple in the story get reunited. โค I love that song, never heard it before. Great message.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  May 22, 2020 at 9:32 am

      anne:

      thank you for reading. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 41. Na'ama Yehuda  |  May 22, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Nice angle on the prompt! All too often throughout history, bands played as boys were sent to die.

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    • 42. plaridel  |  May 23, 2020 at 3:01 pm

      naโ€™ama:

      come to think of it, you’re abcolutely right.

      Reply
  • 43. pennygadd51  |  May 23, 2020 at 9:03 am

    A poignant story. I hope Tommy survives to be reunited with Sara.

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    • 44. plaridel  |  May 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      penny:

      the story doesn’t end here. a sequel is in the works. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 45. michaelwynnauthor  |  May 24, 2020 at 6:15 am

    NIcetribute, Plaridel. I watched a documentary about him just recently, he seemed a nice person as well as brilliant artist.

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    • 46. plaridel  |  May 25, 2020 at 11:59 pm

      mick:

      he was one of a kind.

      Reply
  • 47. Natasha  |  May 24, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    What a heart-warming tribute. He was one incredible musician indeed.

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    • 48. plaridel  |  May 25, 2020 at 11:58 pm

      natasha:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply

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