Three Line Tales: A family affair

This story is inspired by the photo of Sonya’s Three Line Tales prompt. Congratulations, Sonya on keeping this great challenge going for 100 weeks today.

photo by Manu Sanchez via Unsplash


The military presence on the Place de la Concorde reassured the tourists, even though any one of the innocent-looking passers-by could be a fanatic wearing a belt of explosives.

The man watching the Christmas crowds from his window snorted in derision, as if fanaticism or despair, cruelty or an unhinged personality could be neutralised by a band of soldiers.

After all, he glanced at the destruction in the room behind him and the lifeless arm dangling over the back of the sofa, they hadn’t stopped him righting a few family wrongs, had they?

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

29 thoughts on “Three Line Tales: A family affair”

  1. How true this neatly put observation is ; what goes on on the inside of the mind cannot be corrected by the threat of violence on the outside. Yet it seems all that governments have ; certainly the largely peaceful solutions offered by religion seem to have failed and we are left with the just war.

    1. It could be anything. Violence is unpredictable and hard to contain. I was thinking of a scene of domestic violence. There is a lot of brutality goes on behind closed doors, in the chic neighbourhoods as well as the poor ones.

    1. Thanks Irene. There’s been a lot of hysteria built up around terrorism. I read somewhere that in the UK you were more likely to be killed by a cow than a terrorist. It’s obviously horrific when it happens, but let’s say it’s not likely.

      1. I think you’re right. It does seem that if a gunman is black or brown he’s a terrorist, but if he’s white he’s mentally ill. There were something like 22 deaths in the UK in 2016 from being crushed by a falling cow. Puts it in perspective. And don’t get me onto the number of deaths caused by toddlers in the US playing with mommy or daddy’s guns.

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