Taking a Chance on Freedom

April 3, 2019 at 9:26 am 32 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 5 April 2019

Ronda Del Boccio
Photo Credit: Ronda Del Boccio

 
From the edge of the forest, Akam and Aras faced the clearing heading to the border.

“Let’s go,” Akam told his companion.

“It’s so quiet. I don’t like it. Perhaps we should wait until it gets dark.ā€

But Akam was adamant. He wouldn’t hear of it. It was now or never.

“Ok then, I’ll see you later,” Akam said as he ran towards freedom.

It didn’t take long for the militia to start firing.

Behind the bushes, Aras watched in horror to see Akam dying in a hail of bullets.

Tonight it would be his turn to take his chances.

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32 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sandra  |  April 4, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Well he knows what to expect now. Which way to turn though?

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  April 4, 2019 at 9:27 am

      sandra:

      hopefully, he’ll figure out the best way to avoid being shot at like a rabbit.

      Reply
  • 3. rochellewisoff  |  April 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    How horrid to see his companion murdered like that. Hope Aras has better luck.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 4. plaridel  |  April 4, 2019 at 9:27 am

      rochelle:

      hope springs eternal. under the cover of darkness, he’ll have better luck.

      Reply
  • 5. Tannille  |  April 4, 2019 at 6:16 am

    Sad life… For a rabbit?

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    • 6. plaridel  |  April 4, 2019 at 9:27 am

      tannille:

      unfortunately, some people find themselves treated like target practice.

      Reply
  • 7. granonine  |  April 4, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Realistic and terrifying. Well done.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  April 4, 2019 at 9:26 am

      linda:

      thank for reading as usual. inspired by the picture prompt, it looks like many of the stories this week are dark.

      Reply
      • 9. granonine  |  April 4, 2019 at 5:25 pm

        Yes. Always amazes me the variety one photo prompt creates.

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        • 10. plaridel  |  April 5, 2019 at 10:18 am

          linda:

          thanks to rochelle for picking the right photo every week. šŸ™‚

          Reply
  • 11. gahlearner  |  April 4, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Well written terrifying story. It reminds me of the many who died trying to escape Eastern Germany during the cold war. It never ends, does it?

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    • 12. plaridel  |  April 4, 2019 at 9:26 am

      gahlearner:

      it’s the same story over and over again. it’ll never end until people are held in bondage against their will.

      Reply
  • 13. Dale  |  April 4, 2019 at 8:44 am

    What a scary turn of events. His friend was foolish, though. Hopefully he will find a better way. Well done.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  April 4, 2019 at 9:26 am

      dale:

      he’ll find soon enough if he’ll make it across the border.

      Reply
      • 15. Dale  |  April 4, 2019 at 9:34 am

        I hope he does.

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        • 16. plaridel  |  April 5, 2019 at 10:18 am

          dale:

          me too.

          Reply
  • 17. Brenda's Thoughts  |  April 4, 2019 at 10:19 am

    A horrifying tale, too close to reality for some. Hoping Aras finds his way across the border.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  April 5, 2019 at 10:18 am

      brenda:

      he’ll take his chances no matter how slim.

      Reply
  • 19. Abhijit Ray  |  April 5, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Akam should have listened to Aras. Chance would be brighter in dark. In daylight, they are sitting ducks.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  April 5, 2019 at 10:17 am

      abhijit:

      unfortunately, he couldn’t wait. at least, he died on his own terms.

      Reply
  • 21. anuragbakhshi  |  April 5, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Brutal, and it is so sad that it is happening in reality every day.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  April 5, 2019 at 10:17 am

      anurag:

      it’s a situation that follows wherever there’s conflict.

      Reply
  • 23. Sabio Lantz  |  April 5, 2019 at 11:02 am

    A bit dark. Like watching the news.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  April 8, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      sabio:

      thank you for reading. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 25. Margaret  |  April 7, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    A story for our times, sadly. Well told.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  April 8, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      margaret:

      someday we can all live together in peace. but not yet.

      Reply
  • 27. Violet Lentz  |  April 8, 2019 at 3:34 am

    There is something to be said for heeding good advise. Nicely told.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  April 8, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      violet:

      i couldn’t agree more.

      Reply
  • 29. michael1148humphris  |  April 8, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    A story that reminded me of the barrier built across Germany after the war, I remember being watched even hunted by East German boarder guards, even though I was just inside west German territory!

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    • 30. plaridel  |  April 8, 2019 at 3:22 pm

      michael:

      boarder guards can be nasty, but i guess it’s part of the job. it must have been a terrifying experience for you to be watched like that.

      Reply
  • 31. Dawn M. Miller  |  April 8, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Unfortunately this is too tragically real.
    Good story.

    Reply
    • 32. plaridel  |  April 8, 2019 at 3:21 pm

      dawn:

      i appreciate the comment very much. thank you.

      Reply

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