Alastair’s Photo Fiction – 18th of August – Louanne’s Prayer

If it is Sunday then it is time for Alastair’s Photo Prompt. We are allotted between 100-200 words to make the picture have some meaning. As with other photo prompts there is so many directions to go and if you have not joined in on the fun yet you will love the opportunity.

copyright Alastair Forbes


The Dixie Queen bobbed on the river while still tied to the dock in Saint Louis. Louanne Wainswright prayed there would be mail from her beloved when she returned to New Orleans. Her beloved and betrothed Michael was one of the thousands to heed the call after the rout at Bulls Run. He knew he would be the Saviour of the Confederacy. His enthusiasm could not be dissuaded.

Louanne had no such disillusion. Her father and uncle went to Texas to help Sam Houston against the Mexican army of Santa Ana. Neither returned whole and her uncle lay in a shallow grave near the Alamo. Her nightly prayer was that Michael would skirt the angel of death and return to her after his commitment was complete.  




I want to point you flash fiction writers to another options. It is Flash in the Pan, where you right short fiction 50-150 words respectively to words chosen and posted each week. Of the total submitted, 250 responses will be collected and published by Redmund Productions. You can check the details at the following link: Flash in the Pan.

About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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6 Responses to Alastair’s Photo Fiction – 18th of August – Louanne’s Prayer

  1. RoSy says:

    I also like how you mixed in a bit of history in your story. So many prayers like Louanne’s. Sad for the ones that don’t get answered.

  2. EagleAye says:

    Lovely mixing of history in this one. I like it!

  3. A lovely tie-in with the history there. I would have liked to do something similar, but was sequestered away in a place with no access to history books, or the internet (imagine!). Anyway, I think you did it better justice.

  4. Lewis Cave says:

    I hope her prayers come true. Very interesting story!

  5. julespaige says:

    I like how you included history with your piece. I only alluded to it.
    Flash in the Pan sounds interesting. I’m not sure I have the time – but I’ll give it a look-see.

  6. Alastair says:

    Good post and I will go look at Flash in the Pan. Thanks 🙂

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