Plus ça Change – Friday Fictioneers, July 2018

Copyright J R Hardy


That night before our final victorious skirmish, I detected his mood change, his uncertainty.

Next day, when we’d won, he simply disappeared, upped sticks and left.

After leading us to victory, he didn’t stick around to share the euphoria, celebrate the cause or be part of the reconstruction.

He’d known how to tear down the structure, puncture the complacency, expose the corruption, root out the rot.

But he didn’t, he told me later, in a seedy Parisienne pavement café, know what to put in its place.

And the problem was – neither did we.

Only we didn’t know it at the time.


Thanks to Rochelle for her continued leadership of Friday Fictioneers.  Hopefully there will never be a need to put anything in its place. 

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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56 Responses to Plus ça Change – Friday Fictioneers, July 2018

  1. neilmacdon says:

    I liked the sorrow and despair in this


  2. ceayr says:

    An all too familiar tale, subtly told.
    And, in the current climate in the UK and here in France, very appropriate.


  3. michael1148humphris says:

    I enjoyed the way you structured this piece, and the way in which it flowed. It does seems these days knowing what to do, is a common problem, yet once philosophers came up with countless potential ideas..


  4. Varad says:

    Sad tale of the whole world. Well narrated, Sandra.


  5. Dear Sandra,

    The title says it all (Thank you, Google translate. 😉 ) So well written as always.




  6. Great story. I can see this being many different situations. Well done indeed.


  7. pennygadd51 says:

    Excellent writing, as always, Sandra. Your last sentence records a politician/revolutionary showing a rare degree of self-knowledge, albeit well after the event.


  8. granonine says:

    Thought-provoking. Change can be a curse or a blessing.


  9. A well told cautionary tale that alas describes too many places in this world.


  10. James McEwan says:

    this made me think; that many can say what they don’t want or like, but find it difficult to define exactly what they do want. Until you know what you want you remain in an uncomfortable stasis
    Well told story.


  11. msjadeli says:

    Nobody should be expected to do it all. Sounds like he did his part very well. Excellent writing.


  12. Iain Kelly says:

    One day someone will realise that there is no point starting a war if there is no plan of what to do in the aftermath. But not, it seems, anytime soon…


  13. gahlearner says:

    And that is a universal truth, sadly to be seen over and over again. Brilliant writing, Sandra.


  14. This is very good. It could be the core of so many bigger stories.


  15. DB McNicol says:

    So very good and TRUE!!

    My take on this week’s challenge:


  16. Abhijit Ray says:

    It is relatively easy to declare what we don’t want, but what do we actually want is much more difficult to understand.


  17. War for war’s sake. Why? Sadly, a tale of our times.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Dale says:

    Wonderfully written, Sandra.
    And as many have said, it could apply to pretty much anywhere, World… Or anything, subject!

    Liked by 1 person

  19. draliman says:

    Nicely done. It can happen that people are so caught up in the big change they’ve not thought ahead.


  20. A timely story well-written as always and indeed thought-provoking. The world does seem to be in a state of chaos. A lot of tearing down with little to no idea how to build back up.


  21. Its easy to break things, not so easy to mend them. Great stuff.


  22. That is why it’s so hard to celebrate a victory… really like your thoughts about this.


  23. And when you wish upon a star …you might be happier the way you are. Phyllis Sugar


  24. A good story and always good writing, Sandra. By the sight of all the huge refugee camps spread about it seems there’s a lot of that inability to clean up the mess left behind. —- Suzanne


  25. plaridel says:

    our world is changing. too early to know whether it’s for the better or worse.


  26. kzmcb says:

    Oh how sad and true. So many causes fought without a clear vision of the future. I had to do some self-reflection, here. Powerful story, Sandra.


  27. magarisa says:

    For some reason, my previous comment failed to post, so I’m trying again.
    Your story is sadly true to life. When will we stop fighting proxy wars that leave chaos and a power vacuum behind?


  28. Excellent writing as always, Sandra. You’ve voiced the dismay surrounding so many political situations, current and preceding.


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