Unknown Soldier #carrotranch #flashfiction

Mary shivered, regretting her choice of coat. Remembrance Day parades brought back memories of the cold like no other.

As the last note of The Last Post drifted away, Mary read the names on the War Memorial. She’d never studied them before. Two Thompsons, three Greys and Nanjo Castille. Now that was an odd name for a Surrey village in 1918.

Who was he? Spanish immigrant? South American dissident? Did anyone else see his name and wonder? Maybe a writer would take it to embed it in a story, giving him a life beyond his current chiselled anonymity.

This story is in response to this week’s prompt from the Carrot Ranch:

November 9, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a fictional story about The Real Nanjo Castille. You can set any gender, era or genre to reveal the character behind the mystery. You can also imagine the daily life of The Real Nanjo Castille. Go where the prompt leads.

If you want to discover other stories from Mary and her family, click here

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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22 Responses to Unknown Soldier #carrotranch #flashfiction

  1. Lucy Brazier says:

    All hail Nanjo Castille!

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  2. I love the way you weaved this story in Geoff. If you get a chance to, please have a look at my take on that prompt 😉

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  3. I really liked this response, Geoff.

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  4. Ritu says:

    Who was Nanjo Castille????

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  5. julespaige says:

    A wonderful response. *applause, applause*
    I hope you get a chance to read the other prompted pieces.
    We all did have fun – didn’t we? 😀

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  6. Charli Mills says:

    It’s good to slow down in the remembrance of stones, and recall with dignity the names we can only ponder at. Well, Nanjo won a different sort of prize didn’t he? We all remembered him this week at the Ranch.

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  8. Annecdotist says:

    Fabulous take on the prompt, Geoff! I love the way you’ve weaved in Mary’s ongoing saga and Remembrance Day.

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    • TanGental says:

      Thanks Anne. I’ve often found myself looking at the names on war memorials, especially in little villages and noting one or two devastated family groups. Untold stories lying so near the surface.

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