Do you remember the fifth of November [for Friday Fictioneers]

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.CampfirePHOTO PROMPT -Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Do you remember the fifth of November. The poor old guy.


Alice White © 2014

Word Count: 100

Genre: Fiction

A cheerful knock on his door shook Freddie out of his melancholy.

“Penny for the guy.” The small girl chirped.

“Go away.”

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.

12 thoughts on “Do you remember the fifth of November [for Friday Fictioneers]

    • Thank you, and you are very welcome 🙂 It’s funny. Coming from England to the USA, I assumed everyone knows about our own quaint little customs, in a similar way that we all know about July 4th… Consequently, I was surprised to learn how many people didn’t know about Guy Fawkes, and so now know better to include some kind of history whenever I write about it or mention it 🙂 Strange how some traditions are known on a worldwide scale and others are not, isn’t it? 🙂


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