FFfAW: At The Time…

As the lone dog trotted up to him, he gently caressed his ears with one hand, while the other moved slowly to the mongrel’s side. With an abrupt yelp and whimper, it slumped to the ground as the bullet pierced the animal’s heart before it could sense any kind of danger.

Leave no witnesses, so he hadn’t. His last mission accomplished in a war millions of miles away, confronting the guilty and innocent, mostly as one.

The soldier straightened and his eyes carefully took in his surroundings. Satisfied, he walked stoically through the row of bodies and limbs. As if on cue, the field of bloodied and mutilated figures arose and started closing in on him and he was jolted awake, shivering.

As trembling hands poured water from a jug, for the umpteenth time he tried to make sense of why he’d killed that damn dog, the one true occurrence in his now all too familiar nightmare.

Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

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21 Responses to FFfAW: At The Time…

  1. mandibelle16 says:

    Great story. I don’t know why he’d kill a helpless dog. His nightmares most be horrifying but it is interesting to note the dog was one of the most innocent creatures killed in war.

  2. ellenbest24 says:

    A thought provoking write, thank you for sharing.

  3. Very poignant and powerful. So sad what war does to the men/women that fight in them. Wonderful story!

  4. samratkel says:

    A haunting tale. Sometimes we just make the wrong decision

  5. i b arora says:

    the nightmares never spare you, nice post

  6. Oh boy that made me sad. He’s just become an automated killing machine.
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  7. Fabulous SW I loved that notion of haunting guilt. Well done.

  8. What a weird nightmare he had. He must had watched too many wars related movies to constantly have the same dream. 🙂

  9. maria says:

    Poinant, S! War has done terrible damage to human and animals, alike. *sigh*

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