One Hundred Words


Post 1634. Wednesday March 7



Young François loved visiting Jean-Pierre and hearing about his wartime experiences as an officer in the French navy. Tales of valiant battles at sea.

François would tell Jean-Pierre about his adventures as a fearsome pirate, sailing to islands, searching for buried treasure. Sometimes he wore his eye patch and three pointed hat. His maman said one day he could have a parrot.


Twelve years ago Jean-Pierre died. François’ treasured possession is a medal left to him in his will. Jean-Pierre would have been so proud of François for today he embarks upon a career in the Marine Nationale just as he did many years before.

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Written for Friday Fictioneers which is hosted by Rochelle.

crook-building This week’s picture is from Sandra Crook. Quite what the building is I’m unsure, but it appears to be in France and I have turned it into a retirement home for war veterans!

74 thoughts on “One Hundred Words

  1. subroto Mar 7, 2018 / 13:35

    The old man would have been pleased. Maybe he did inspire the child after all. Nice one.

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  2. ceayr Mar 7, 2018 / 13:54

    Touching tale, Keith.
    Jean-Pierre must have been some age!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 7, 2018 / 17:24

      Indeed! After reading your comment I had second thoughts about the hundred years and changed it! Thanks CE


  3. larry trasciatti Mar 7, 2018 / 16:32

    It’s always nice to see how someone from one generation can have such an impact upon his successors.

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  4. pennygadd51 Mar 7, 2018 / 18:23

    I like the way you have the old man and young boy swapping stories, true stories from the old man and imagined stories from the boy.

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  5. Varad Mar 7, 2018 / 19:35

    Nice story here, Keith. Love the way the narrative shifts to show that Francois being inspired by Jean Pierre.

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  6. Denise Hammond Mar 7, 2018 / 20:08

    Googled that pic and it’s in the port of Briare. No mention of what the building is, but it and your story are lovely.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 7, 2018 / 23:47

      Detective Denise! I got as far as discovering it was in France by enlarging it and reading the memorial! Thank you so much, Denise.


  7. granonine Mar 7, 2018 / 20:52

    There’s something very special about the connection between what I’m guessing is a grandfather and grandson. This is a beautiful story.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 7, 2018 / 23:55

      Not something I’ve experienced personally but I’d like to think it happens. Cheers Bjorn


  8. Edith M. Field Mar 7, 2018 / 22:09

    I love the way the title encapsulates the enthusiasm for sailing expressed in Jean-Pierre’s tales of his exploits and the commitment to a career at sea for Francois. A superb story!

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  9. messymimi's meanderings Mar 8, 2018 / 00:04

    An early mentor set him on a good career path. We should all have (and someday strive to be) such mentors.


  10. Dale Mar 8, 2018 / 01:45

    What a wonderful take, Keith. It is good for boys to have positive role models…

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  11. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist Mar 8, 2018 / 05:23

    The old can have such a wonderful impact on the young. They have programmes here where the old and the young share time together – each learning about the others generations. Your piece showed this perfectly.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 8, 2018 / 08:04

      It is certainly something that should be encouraged. I’m pleased it came across that way in my piece. Thank you, Irene.

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  12. Woman walking Max Mar 8, 2018 / 11:02

    Liked the tenderness of your tale, told with finesse. I’m touched by the bond between Francois and Jean-Pierre. Good story.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 8, 2018 / 12:28

      As long as it’s the right kind of seed. Sadly that’s not always so. Thanks Vivian


  13. michael1148humphris Mar 8, 2018 / 16:28

    A great story, Which I enjoyed. I smelt the sea

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  14. Moon Mar 8, 2018 / 18:29

    I loved how Francois was inspired and influenced by John Pierre. What a special bond that must have been!
    Lovely story, Keith,

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  15. Sarah Ann Mar 9, 2018 / 15:47

    A lovely time of childhood influences paying off.


  16. liz young Mar 9, 2018 / 18:30

    Who said ‘give me a child till he’s seven’? I can’t remember the rest, but it sums up the strength of early influence on a child.


  17. Jan Vanek Mar 10, 2018 / 17:37

    A sweet story about the influence one can have on a child. I wonder — was it the time Jean-Pierre spent with young François that influenced him so, or the stories Jean-Pierre told?

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  18. Lavanya Mar 11, 2018 / 16:45

    What a sweet story. Moving and well written as usual!


  19. rgayer55 Mar 12, 2018 / 12:30

    He should have been a fisherman. After all, old fishermen never die. They just smell that way.

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