Courage Under Fire

March 8, 2017 at 3:56 pm 48 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 10 March 2017

Shaktiki Sharma

Photo Credit: Shaktiki Sharma

Jason dreamed of taking Sara to the prom, but he was too timid to ask. If only he knew the feeling was mutual.

Jason found Sara about to enter the library and looking at the beautiful bug resting by the entrance.

“Sara, may I ask you something?”

“Shoot.”

“I… I…”

Before Jason could finish, Connor cut him off.

“Sara,” Connor said without hesitation, “will you be my prom date?”

Sara glanced at Jason expecting a reaction. But there was none.

“Sure,” she replied.

As Sara and Connor went inside, Jason smashed the bug into pieces before it could fly away.

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  • 1. Iain Kelly  |  March 9, 2017 at 2:33 am

    The poor bug! An innocent victim. Come on Jason, man up! 🙂

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    • 2. plaridel  |  March 9, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      iain:

      as it stands, jason doesn’t deserve sara.

      Reply
  • 3. neelwritesblog  |  March 9, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Such a realistic depiction.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  March 9, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      neel:

      thank you for reading as always.

      Reply
  • 5. Snow's Fissures and Fractures  |  March 9, 2017 at 4:19 am

    That poor bug gets crushed from one story to another. Jason needs to grow up. Nicely done.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  March 9, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      lora:

      jason has some issues to work out, indeed.

      Reply
  • 7. draliman  |  March 9, 2017 at 4:43 am

    It’s always the poor innocent bystanders that get squished 😦

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    • 8. plaridel  |  March 9, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      draliman:

      i think it’s what they call collateral damage.

      Reply
  • 9. rochellewisoff  |  March 9, 2017 at 4:52 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I felt for Jason. Perhaps one day he’ll garner the courage to voice his true feelings instead of taking it out on an innocent bug.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 10. plaridel  |  March 9, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      rochelle:

      that’s kind of you. hopefully, he can hear you.

      Reply
  • 11. Sandra  |  March 9, 2017 at 5:49 am

    I’ve no sympathy for Jason. Do as you would be done to… 🙂

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    • 12. plaridel  |  March 9, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      sandra:

      hopefully, he can still be saved.

      Reply
  • 13. spicedmullings  |  March 9, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Poor thing!
    Macho man couldn’t find anything else to crush!
    Wonder why men speak when they shouldn’t and don’t when they should!

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    • 14. plaridel  |  March 9, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      sabina:

      venting his frustrations on a bug that couldn’t defend itself was lame.

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      • 15. spicedmullings  |  March 9, 2017 at 11:18 pm

        Exactly! But isn’t that what generally happens, everywhere?
        Its the nirmal behavior in family, unfortunately😢

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        • 16. plaridel  |  March 10, 2017 at 3:10 pm

          sabina:

          somehow i wonder about the future of the human race. 🙂

          Reply
  • 17. James  |  March 9, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Don’t blame the bug.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  March 9, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      james:

      totally agree.

      Reply
  • 19. Dale  |  March 9, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Jason needs to stop being such a wimp! Sara even gave him the chance… poor bug had no business being squashed…
    Good one, Plaridel!

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    • 20. plaridel  |  March 9, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      dale:

      his courage was under fire and he didn’t deliver. hopefully, there’ll be a second chance.

      Reply
  • 21. granonine  |  March 9, 2017 at 10:28 am

    He who hesitates is lost!

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    • 22. plaridel  |  March 9, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      granonine:

      exactly.

      Reply
  • 23. FabricatingFiction  |  March 9, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Man up Jason!

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    • 24. plaridel  |  March 9, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      louise:

      he has some growing up to do.

      Reply
  • 25. Magaly Guerrero  |  March 9, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Jason is a scary fellow. I’m always creeped out by those seemingly sweet people who vent their rage on the unsuspecting.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  March 9, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      magaly:

      he’s a creepy guy indeed.

      Reply
  • 27. Alicia Jamtaas  |  March 9, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Boys! This is an age-old story, me thinks. Jason just needed to be a bit faster on the draw. Great take ~ poor bug.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  March 9, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      alicia:

      i guess he needs a mentor. 🙂

      Reply
  • 29. Joy Pixley  |  March 9, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Poor Jason. it’s hard to admit your feelings for someone when you’re not sure how they’ll respond. No need to take it out on the poor bug, though — maybe Jason has some other issues to work out too.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  March 9, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      joy:

      i appreciate the perspective. thank you.

      Reply
  • 31. Keith's Ramblings  |  March 10, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Wrong time wrong place! Poor bug. Neat story though!

    My story is called ‘THE DETECTIVE’

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    • 32. plaridel  |  March 10, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      keith:

      sadly, that’s almost always the case.

      Reply
  • 33. Rommy  |  March 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Jason needs to grow up a bit more before he’s ready to date. And I’m not talking about his hesitation in asking Sara out. Poor bug.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  March 10, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      rommy:

      i think some of us go through that phase. hopefully, he’ll get over it.

      Reply
  • 35. rgayer55  |  March 11, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    We have an expression here; Sometimes you’re the bug, and sometimes you’re the windshield. In this story, both Jason and the bug met their windshields.

    Very realistic. Great job.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  March 12, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      russell:

      is that what they call serendipity?

      Reply
  • 37. subroto  |  March 12, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Yikes! This not Jason from “Friday the 13th”? Great depiction of seething anger inside.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  March 12, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      subroto:

      he’s not the same jason, but he’s getting there.

      Reply
  • 39. Michael Wynn  |  March 12, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Oh that’s a bit mean, taking out his frustration on the poor innocent bug and all because he didn’t have the guts to ask the question

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    • 40. plaridel  |  March 12, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      mick:

      for sure, the bug didn’t deserve it. 😦

      Reply
  • 41. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  March 12, 2017 at 10:27 am

    What a frustrated guy… I wonder if he really deserves a girl though…

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    • 42. plaridel  |  March 12, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      björn:

      he’s too immature to deserve a girl right now. he needs some growing up to do.

      Reply
  • 43. lingeringvisions by Dawn  |  March 12, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Wel,l that’s what I call being in the wrong place at the wrong time!

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    • 44. plaridel  |  March 14, 2017 at 11:32 pm

      dawn:

      unfortunately, that’s what happened. poor bug.

      Reply
  • 45. gahlearner  |  March 13, 2017 at 7:15 am

    I think he might have lost Sarah for good if she saw how he reacted. Poor bugs, they always gets squished. It worries me more what Jason would hit if there’s no bug around. The dog? The kid? Sarah?

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    • 46. plaridel  |  March 14, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      gahlearner:

      good question.

      Reply
  • 47. Amy Reese  |  March 13, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Oh, darn it! Maybe Jason should have thrown the bug at Connor’s face. That would show that guy cutting in like he did. Somehow I think Connor was pretty deliberate about this.

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    • 48. plaridel  |  March 14, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      amy:

      regardless, jason acted like a wimp.

      Reply

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