Posts tagged ‘war’

Dream of Glory

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 13 November 2020

Dale Rogerson
Photo Credit: Dale Rogerson

Connor was young and restless. Enlisting in the Army opened the door for his dream of glory. After boot camp, he went to fight in the Vietnam war. From the start, he was fearless. His courage was a cup full to the brim.

But as the dark realities of the conflict sank in and finding himself engaged in one ferocious battle after another, his cup started to empty until there was nothing much left to keep his fighting spirit alive.

Sweating profusely and summoning his last ounce of courage, he shot himself in the foot for a one-way ticket home.

November 11, 2020 at 10:50 am 44 comments

War Memorial

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 25 December 2019

Sandra Crook
Photo Credit: Sandra Crook

Outside the Garden of Eden, a mound of rocks stood. It was a fitting burial and memorial for Abel, who was the first human to die in the hands of his brother.

“Where is your brother?” God asked Cain after he had murdered Abel.

“I know not; am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain answered, whereupon he was duly condemned and punished for a life of wandering.

It would be the portent of things to come. All throughout history, succeeding generations have been at war and built shrines and structures to remember the horror that they have wrought on each other.

December 25, 2019 at 10:44 am 24 comments

Crossing Over

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 15 December 2017

Sandra Crook

Photo Credit: Sandra Crook
Zara found herself in danger of becoming a sex slave when ISIS overran their village. This led her brother Jiwan to escort her to the Syrian border to save her.

With the border in sight, they made a dash for it. Fear never crossed her mind even when shots rang out. She felt safe beside her brother who protected her since they were young.

Suddenly, Jiwan fell, fatally shot.

“Jiwan!” she cried.

“Go,” she remembered him saying, blood coming out of his mouth.

“But Jiwan.”

“Go… Go…”

Zara survived and later joined an all-women volunteer force to fight the invaders.

Yazidi Woman Fighter

A Yazidi Woman Fighter – Iraqi News

December 13, 2017 at 9:30 am 43 comments

The Promise

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 5 February 2016

Erin Leary
Photo Credit: Erin Leary

“Promise, you’d come back.”

“I promise,” Tom told Sara when he went to war.

It was the promise he kept reminding himself as he waded to shore amid heavy enemy fire on Omaha beach that day.

It was all behind him now. Finally, he was coming home.

“Sara, Sara, I’m back,” Tom cried, rushing through the front door. But she just ignored him.

Meanwhile, on Omaha beach…

“Brave kid,” the medic said referring to the soldier he tried to save. “With all the pain he had to endure, he never gave up.” Among the personal effects, he found Sara’s picture.

February 3, 2016 at 2:11 pm 48 comments

Spoils of War

For Friday Fictioneers 100-word challenge 3 October 2014

Note: This story was inspired by current events in northern Iraq. The evil that men do in the name of Islam is giving it a bad reputation it doesn’t deserve.

Kent Bonham
Photo Credit: Kent Bonham

It was past noon when the Army of God came to the village. The men and the boys were executed. The women and the girls were kept in a safe house as spoils of war.

Mariam recognized the man in charge as the kindly gentleman who used to give out lollipops in their neighborhood.

“I’ll spare you and your sisters,” he said one night, “just be nice to me.”

He then took Mariam to his room and began to undress her.

“Please, sir, no,” she meekly protested.

In another room, Mariam’s sisters were asleep totally unaware of her muffled cries.

October 1, 2014 at 12:32 pm 53 comments

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