Letters in Letters

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: War and Military  |  House: Booksie Classic

Stamps tell stories.

Paul had been serving in Syria since the war there heated up in 2017. ISIS insurgents had been spreading like wildfire and western authorities no longer had a choice - in the name of international security something had to be done.

Paul had a younger brother back home who was seven. Ever since Christmas two years ago his little brother - Nathan - had developed what could only be described as an obsession with collecting stamps. Nathan had been naturally very worried when his big brother had announced his plans to join the army. To reassure him, Paul had promised to send him a letter each week - complete with a new stamp on each - to tell him he was okay.

For the next few months, everything was fine. Each week, a letter arrived from Paul back home with the promised stamp, without fail. Then, about five months later, the letter didn't come one week. The whole family was worried. After three weeks without any letters they finally received a more formal letter - direct from Paul's commanding officer. They feared the worst.

Its contents were distressing, but not the worst they had feared. Paul's officer explained that Paul had been captured by insurgents and that he was being kept as a prisoner of war. They had been contacted by the captors saying that Paul was being treated well, and that they had interrogated him about his life at home. They specifically said that to prove to his family he was okay they would allow him to continue sending the weekly letters from that point on.

The next week, as promised, a letter from Paul came. It explained things from his point of view - he said he was being treated fine, that he was being fed well. He said that his captors would release him either after a random had been paid, or at the end of the war, and that no harm would come to him. 

The letter even had a new stamp for Nathan.

That night, after school, Nathan set about removing the stamp to add it to his collection. He carefully removed it from the envelope with a paper knife and turned it over, so he could apply glue and stick it into his stamp collection book.

He didn't understand the message on the back that read "They've cut off my feet" but he stuck it in soon enough.


Submitted: May 30, 2015

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unmasked delusions

I really liked this one.."They've cut off my feet" Actually hit me hard too. I liked your concept, "Stamps tell stories" Nice job. It's cool to see your new writing.

Sat, May 30th, 2015 8:41pm

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It's good to be back, thank you!

Sat, May 30th, 2015 1:47pm

Steve Moran

Excellent stuff. It reminds me of thee guy who was shot down over Hanoi during the Vietnam war. He was put on display at a press conference, but blinked in Morse code that he had been tortured.

Would you have a look at what I'm writing and let me know what you think?

Sun, June 14th, 2015 10:41am

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I'd be glad to, thank you.

Sun, June 14th, 2015 3:44am

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