Submitted for Sunday Photo Fiction


The Assignment: The idea of Photo Fiction is write a story of around 100-200 words (which is also called Flash Fiction) based on a photo as a prompt. In this particular photo fiction, the story must be based on the photo below. With the link tool below, you can add your story as well as read all the amazing stories written by others.

This is a multiple part story.  To follow the story from the beginning, click hereAnd now, The Diaries, (The Conclusion).


Credit: Al Forbes

Credit: Al Forbes


“I’m Candace Withum reporting live. With the United States Air Force flying overhead from nearby McGuire Air Force Base, it is a solemn time of closure for the Jewish people of the world. Franz Lucas a notorious Nazi who escaped and was never tried for his horrible war crimes has been captured. Hiding out in Buenos Aires for nearly seventy years, it was diaries and a letter hidden for years that finally revealed his location. When a suburban New Jersey couple feared for their lives, they brought the information to the authorities. We’ve been able to get an exclusive interview with them. Please welcome George and Karla Appleton.

“Karla please tell us about your grandmother’s diaries,” said Candace.

 “After my grandmother passed away, her home was cleared and a few boxes of items that I kept were stored in our garage. I planned to read the diaries this summer as part of a genealogical project.”

“George you had a hand in what happened next didn’t you?”

“Karla had been after me to clean the garage for awhile but I didn’t think about the heirlooms and just called a company advertising on television to come and clear out my garage.”

“It says here that the company was a fake and your investigation lead to George being kidnapped. How did you get away?”

“The kidnappers were bumbling idiots. I was able to let Karla know where I was and I was rescued. I also managed to take back the diaries.”

“What did the diaries reveal?”

“That my grandmother fell in love during the war with a man who was a hero. Samuel gave his life in service to Great Britain and now through his letter, a Nazi criminal has been brought to justice.”

“Why do you think your grandmother never turned the letter over to the authorities?”

“I wondered that too but then I remembered that when George and I found the letter, the envelope was sealed.  I think she couldn’t bring herself to read it. I don’t think we’ll ever really know. I read the rest of the diary and as the war ended, her entries became very sparse and then stopped completely.

“What will you do now?”

“What I originally planned, my genealogical project.  It’s a fascinating family history don’t you think.”




7 responses

  1. Al says:

    This has been a fantastic story, and I have really enjoyed it. Have you thought of expanding it into a novella or something?


  2. Birgit says:

    Oh wow! So his letter revealed with the SOB lived and thankfully was not able to get the letter. This was a great story and sad to see it end:)


  3. Some great voices here. Well done.