Photo prompt by ©pricelessjoy

“Do you remember, my love, the time when we were young?” her sky blue eyes were suddenly sparkling with life.

“What do you mean Marguerite?” Theodor asked is beloved wife, suffering from dementia, he was not used to her remembering things or even recognising him.

“When we were sixteen”, she started her tale, “we weren’t in love yet, we were just great friends. I was more boyish than you, my head full of trouble. On the neighbours pasture there were two horses, grazing in the evening sun, you remember?”

Theodor nodded with a wide smile spreading over his face, longing for her to continue remembering.

“You were reluctant to my proposition, of stealing those great horses, trained for prestigious competitions. Of course we ended up in trouble. What was important, we kissed for the first time. No one could separate us, as our love was cemented by a deep friendship.” At this Marguerite jumped up and grabbed her old lover’s hand.

“Theodore, let’s go out and steal horses!”


168 words written by Solveig Werner


This is my entry into this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers and also my first participation in this challenge, my blogging friend Lrod incited me to join in this week.

I used the theme of stealing horses as in German there is an expression ‘ein Freund zum Pferde stehlen’ (a friend to steal horses), which refers to a really good friend with whom we can do anything and trust with everything.

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27 thoughts on “Stealing Horses – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

  1. Love it. How precious. And what a great title. So glad you explained the meaning. Love that too! : )
    Thanks for the recent like. Look forward to reading more of your flash fiction. I think it is exciting that you share your writing in all of your languages. I will try to read all. I am minimally versed in German and French but have enjoyed learning bits and pieces over the years. And would like to actually commit myself to truly learning these languages as English is the only one I am fluent in.
    Suzanne

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    1. Thank you Suzanne, I am happy to see that my writing has charmed you 🙂
      You are welcome for the like, I will stop by again too, and see what you are up to.
      I have had a 3 week break from blogging that was meant to be 2 weeks initially, and have to get back to writing in other languages, I just have the feeling that people are more likely to read in English.
      I hope that you’ll be able to learn a few new things.

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  2. What an absolutely delightful story. I love your link to the expression too! I am always in awe of people with multilingual skills! They can add a real richness to writing.

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    1. When I saw the picture, I had the expression in my head, and from there came the story 🙂
      I do not make use of them enough on my blog though… But maybe if I am good from Sunday onwards I’ll post some German and French…

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  3. I’m glad you explained, “stealing horses.” It was a sweet story of an older couple who are facing the obstacle of dementia and she comes out of it enough to express her love and trust for her husband. A sweet and wonderful story!

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    1. Thank you. I hope that the people suffering from dementia think of happy moments when they are lucid and not of their regrets and past mistakes.

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