Wednesday 23 February 2022

What The Stranger Told Her

It was her first international solo-travel.

The place of attraction was crowded.

Photo Prompt- Roger Bultot

She was walking on the road when there was a loud gunshot.

The crowd went berserk.

Luckily, she hopped into a shop.

The shopkeeper quickly closed the door.

In his deep voice, he said something in the local language.

She gestured that she did not understand. 

"Spanish? French? Russian?" he asked.

She knew none of those foreign languages!

"You know English/Hindi?"

"Yes, of course!" she said.

"Great! Don't worry," he assured.

"Gunshots are normal in this part of the world. Have a nice trip."

100 Words story for Friday Fictioneers

What do you do when you do not understand the local language? How would you react if you heard a gunshot?


  1. Dear Anita,

    I don't think I'd want to travel to a place where gunshots are common. Ouch.



  2. We all adjust our sense of normality so easily, don't we?

  3. Eeesh... It's a horrible thought to become used to such a life!

  4. She had an experience she can never forget. Will tell about this to her grand kids many years later.

  5. Awful to live where gunfire is commonplace.

  6. well, it is new normal in many places

  7. I could accept "common," but "normal?" not so much. Set in the 'City of Big Shoulders' I presume. Well done.

  8. How sad it is when gunshots become "normal."

  9. I'm crossing that place off my wishlist!

  10. Good for her to have found a bit of sanctuary, even in the madness. And the lesson is, that even in places of chaos, there will be good people. Look for the helpers, as they say here. And if possible, be a helper.

  11. Its sad that there are so many places in the world where gunshots are normal, what a crazy world we live in

  12. Hi Anita,

    This is an experience which is unforgettable.

    few things live all time with life.

    thanks for sharing :)

  13. Oh my goodness, if I didn't speak the language and heard a gunshot I think I'd go into full-on panic mode.


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