The Mondays Finish the Story challenge is to write a short story (100-150) words that contain the first line provided and is related to the photo provided. Here’s mine for this week. Enjoy!
The family had no idea that little Luigi would grow up to be the first Giordano to emigrate to the USA. The once noble Giordano clan had been decimated by two World Wars. Luigi was the last survivor. In early 1946, physically and emotionally scarred, Luigi and his loyal companion Giuseppe, stole aboard the rusted freighter sailing to London, then New York City.
For two years the little Bolognese had wandered the streets of Naples with him; sleeping in the remnants of bombed buildings, stealing food from other survivors who also wandered listlessly through the wreckage of a once dignified life.
No stranger to hunger and pain, Luigi and Giuseppe huddled and fitfully slept away the 15 day crossing of the frigid North Atlantic. By the drone of engines and roll of the waves the dread of surviving another day was replaced by a spirit buoyed by the possibilities of a new life in a new world.