Friday Fictioneers : Toy soldiers



Diana found them at the allotment one evening. The sun was setting through russet leaves and the scent of summer passing rose from the earth. Two teddy bears and one bald plastic baby doll, strangely sinister, fur and booties ruined by mud.

She almost left them on the compost heap. But then she imagined small, sticky hands gripping them to fast-beating hearts, brave sentries to keep the nightmares at bay.

Perched atop her barrow of squashes and windfall apples, they were battle hardened warriors.

Besides. Night was falling fast and Diana needed all the protection she could get.


Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Field’s Friday Fictioneers. See the pic and write a tale and pop along here to read the other stories.

48 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers : Toy soldiers

  1. Oh, that is good, really good. It leaves questions without in any way seeming unfinished. “Squashes and windfall apples” – I don’t know why that’s perfect for the contents of her wheelbarrow, but somehow it is. I found myself thinking “Well, what else would it be?” There’s magic somewhere in your writing, Lynn!

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    1. Ah, thank you so much Penny – such a lovely comment 🙂 Something dark is coming. Let’s just hope Diana survives the night! Thank you so much for reading 🙂


      1. You guessed the allotment right😊The other one is sentry . I like your layered story . I love it 😊
        Best wishes…

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    1. Very true, Russell. I remember my Panda well and he was often the only one to stand between me and whatever was out there in the night. They are absolutely important when you’re small.


  2. Dear Lynn,

    I think when the toys are cleaned up they’ll bring Diane comfort. Not so sure about protection. 😉 Lovely descriptions that set the tone and left me wondering what will happen next.



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    1. Thanks Rochelle. Yes, I’m wondering what will happen next. Perhaps there’s something very special about those toys, eh? Thank you for the kind comment 🙂


    1. Ah, thank you so much Dale. What a lovely comment. Those poor neglected toys – makes you think of the scared little souls we all once were at one time or another. Thank you for reading 🙂

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