Bob’s Left Foot…Friday Fictioneers.

Bob hadn’t even thought about his foot, until it was gone. It had simply sat inside his shoe, going wherever the rest of his body was going. Not a decision-maker. More of a follower, than a leader, although his right foot always led the way.

However, it wasn’t his right foot that blew up in the landmine. It was the left.

Now, he was leaving the fallout of war behind, and was finally moving forward. It had been a long road. Yet, come October, he would be sprinting in the Invictus Games. At last, he was starting to feel like a hero.


This has been another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wishoff-Fields. This week’s PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll. I encourage you to have a go and come up with your own response to this week’s prompt. Every week, these prompts stretch and challenge me in ways that are often rather unexpected and are such an encouragement.

Best wishes,



31 thoughts on “Bob’s Left Foot…Friday Fictioneers.

  1. pennygadd51

    I’m glad your character is recovering. Your description of the casual way he originally thought of his left foot was lovely, whimsical in the way he might have described it himself when telling others about his wound.

  2. rochellewisoff

    Dear Rowena,

    I love the way this ended on a hopeful and uplifting note. We take for granted what we have, such things as a plain old left foot, until it’s gone, don’t we? Well done.



  3. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much. It looks like the Invictus Games will have such a powerful impact on veterans and already is. Prince Harry is working wonders through this.
    Best wishes,

  4. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Rochelle. When my mum first went to the chiropractor, he mentioned how you don’t know you have a back until it’s sore, and that was so true. I adapted that to the foot.
    I saw some very encouraging interviews with veterans about how the Invictus Games is helping them. So, it really is Prince Harry who is making the real difference.
    Best wishes,

  5. gahlearner

    That’s such a lovely story, Rowena. As an embarrassingly total right-handed person I can somewhat relate to the feelings about the left part that’s ‘just there’–until it isn’t in this case. And how wonderful that the narrator sees it as a door that’s opening rather than one that’s closing.

  6. Rowena Post author

    Thank you very much and I’m sorry for my slow response. I went away last week and didn’t take my laptop. Didn’t think I’d have much of a chance to use it and was spot on.
    Best wishes,

  7. Rowena Post author

    Thank you very much, Brenda. Sorry for my delayed reply. I went away and left my laptop at home.
    Best wishes,

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