Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Stories, Uncategorized, Writing

Friday Fictioneers: October 28, 2016

I haven’t had opportunity to take part in Friday Fictioneers for a while, so I’m enjoying getting back into the swing of things this week. The photo is courtesy of Peter Abbey To take part in the 100-word story challenge visit Rochelle here.  My story is below the picture.

PHOTO PROMPT © Peter Abbey

A HOUSE DIVIDED

The lush Georgia countryside stretched and drowsed along the river. Union troops who had crossed the enclosed bridge lay behind trees and bushes, rifles ready. Their informant had guaranteed the Rebs would be hauling cannon and ammunition across the bridge just before sundown.

Bennett tasted bile; his heart pounded. From the time he’d made his choice, he’d known this moment was bound to come, but he wasn’t ready. Men and wagons approached the bridge, unaware, steadily making their way across. Leading the contingent was the younger brother he’d helped raise. Tears traced Bennett’s dirty cheeks as he aimed his rifle.

 

 

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24 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: October 28, 2016”

    1. Thank you very much. I sort of liked that first line myself. I often read something written by someone else and think, ‘boy, I wish I’d written that.’ This time I’m just glad I did.

  1. Dear Sandra,

    The Civil War is one of the biggest blots of American history. You captured the tension and tragedy in a hundred words.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    PS It’s great to see you back. 😀

    1. I was glad I could be involved this week. Some weeks there’s just too much drain on the creative juices to squeeze out even another hundred words. But I know you know how that is.

  2. Very moving story. The first line was beautifully done and was a stark contrast to the bleakness and hardship of war.

  3. Oh… I so remember watching North and South where the two best friends must fight each other. Could not imagine how much harder it would be brother against brother. So well done, Sandra

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