A little background before we begin.
On November 5th, 1605, Guy (Guido) Fawkes conspired to blow up the Houses Of Parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder, but was caught before he carried out what became known as The Gunpowder Plot [or the Powder Treason, as it was known at the time]. In the UK, the tradition on November 5th, known as Guy Fawkes Night, or Bonfire Night, is to burn efegies of Guy atop a bonfire in celebration of the foiled attempt. In later years festivities expanded to include fireworks. It also became a tradition for children, usually with an adult, to knock on doors and recite; “Do you remember the fifth of November.”, or “Penny for the guy.”
This little story is about such an occasion.PHOTO PROMPT -Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Do you remember the fifth of November. The poor old guy.
Alice White © 2014
Word Count: 100
A cheerful knock on his door shook Freddie out of his melancholy.
“Penny for the guy.” The small girl chirped.
She gazed up in tears, glanced mournfully at her homemade guy, and lifted its sleeve.
“These were Dad’s, he died last week. I was just trying to cheer myself up.”
His heart sank. This certainly put breaking up with his fiancé into perspective.
“Wait here.” He high-tailed it to the kitchen, picked up a handful of cookies, and gave them to her.
Her sudden grin lifted his soul. If she could smile through her pain, so could he.