Six Sentence Story: No Option

The greater good?

One life versus a hundred?

Who was he to play God?

So Officer Lambert hadn’t fired the shot that would’ve taken out the bomber and blown the skull of a golden-haired toddler to bits, even though his Captain had roared several times in his earpiece to do so, threatening him with dire consequences if he disobeyed and for a second he had actually found himself gravitating towards acquiescence.

As he emptied the contents of his locker, he leaned pensively against the worn-out post and traced the outline of the metal badge he’d have to turn in after being fired from the department he’d worked faithfully for these several years, even though he’d respectfully argued that he had managed to stop the bomber without any collateral damage, but the fact that he’d ignored a direct command and had basically ‘got lucky’ worked against him.

He drove silently home, his wife greeting him with a hug and as Marigold crawled squealing to meet her daddy, he lifted her up in his arms, shuddering inwardly but indubitably certain that if his golden-haired baby had been the one in his cross hairs, he wouldn’t even have bothered asking for confirmation to fire a shot he’d never dare consider, and herein lay the hypocrisy, when it came to your own, the answer was abundantly clear, but when it was the other, all options were open.

Written for Six Sentence Stories, this week’s cue is POST


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12 Responses to Six Sentence Story: No Option

  1. mandibelle16 says:

    Powerful writing and message. You did a fantastic job on this prompt. The idea that people, little kids are ‘collateral damage,’ is awful. I think in just war you try to stay away from civilian am casualties and any non-war combatinents as possible. But not everyone believes in just war. I’m glad your character didn’t shoot the kid, that he had a conscience above his duties.

    • swritings says:

      Yes, the term ‘collateral-damage’ is like a get out of jail free card..I suppose it depends on the individual, a good person would never cross that line, knowing it would make him no different from his enemy, no matter how he tries to justify it because if faced with the choice of your own kid or family member, the rules of engagement would change in a second.

  2. luckyjc007 says:

    Loss of a job is no comparison to saving a child’s life. He did the right thing and is able to live with the consequences of his lack of fulfilling the direct command given to him. Wonderful story.

    • swritings says:

      Thank you so much! Yes, there is no comparison and thankfully he listened to his conscience. Thank you so much for reading, glad you liked it!😊

  3. oldegg says:

    What a dilemma and I expect many would think the same way. This is an excellent story.

  4. ivywalker says:

    Really good story….makes you think despite the obvious right choices….having the guts to do whats right.

    • swritings says:

      So true..any action can usually be justified but in the end, right is right no matter how one tries to spin it.. and doing the right thing takes a lot of courage, most of the time. Thank you for reading!😊

  5. Terrible to be a position and make a choice like this. Really great story this week. Choosing to do what’s right, even when it isn’t what others would support, is difficult. Maybe especially in those circumstances. Sometimes there is just an objective moral right and following through on that takes true strength. Reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird.

    • swritings says:

      ‘…moral right’..Perfect way to describe it! Yes, it is about doing what’s morally right and having to put yourself on the line to do so. It’s sad how such a ‘right’ is so easily brushed aside by those in power. Thank you so much for your comment! ☺

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