FFfAW: The Struggle Continues

Credit: The Storyteller’s Abode

The Johnsons danced in the greenfields.

The radio had just announced that their state would separate and join others to become one free country.

Dad handed Mum a yellow daisy and she stuck it in the scarecrow’s coat, making siblings Lucy and Lance roar with laughter.

Their joy was shattered when their ruler refused to abide by his citizens’ wishes and called in the army. The people revolted and one-thrid of the state was valiantly freed.

Governments initially supported a plebiscite for the oppressed people, but the occupying state’s strong economy sealed the lips of two-faced world leaders, resulting in decades of occupation, murder and torture.

The word ‘militant’ replaced freedom fighter and cross-border help from their  liberated fellow citizens, declared terrorism.

A greying Lucy stood near the graves of her mother and brother in the same greenfield they’d celebrated their assumed freedom. Dad had been dragged away by soldiers who viciously beat Mum. Lance was shot in the face.

Lucy vowed to continue the freedom struggle, as did other children of this brave, forgotten land.

For Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

Abraham LMartin L

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25 Responses to FFfAW: The Struggle Continues

  1. Such a sad ending! To celebrate freedom and have it jerked away must be absolutely devastating (and that is true in your story). I sure hope they are able to unite together and win their freedom! Wonderful story filled with so many problems that are in this world today.

  2. Singledust says:

    this was really emotional, i have just finished reading a book on Auschwitz and still feeling a little raw and your short story reminded me of people who fight so valiantly for freedom we take for granted. wonderful take on the prompt, totally unexpected!

    • swritings says:

      Reading such real life stories must be very emotional. Very true, we do indeed take it for granted yet there are people who gone through and are currently involved in such brave struggles. Thank you so much! Glad you liked it! ☺

  3. Jenn says:

    Such a sad story, but I’m sure one that played out in real life many times. Did you see Free State of Jones?

  4. Ellespeth says:

    Freedom means so many things and we are losing a bit more of it each day. A slow loss…as your story points out.

  5. An interesting take on the story. I can see a great new TV series or something from it… What drew you to it?

  6. afairymind says:

    The denial of freedom and the oppression of a tyrannical regime is something that has been too familiar all around the world throughout history. The saddest part is that it still occurs in the modern day. A powerful story. I hope Lucy and the other members of the resistance someday manage to gain their freedom.

    • swritings says:

      Very true. Such injustices have been carrying on over the decades yet the world at large doesn’t seem to care. Also, most people don’t realize that even though they aren’t directly affected by such conflicts, in today’s globalized world we are all connected and injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
      Thank you for your comment! ☺

  7. luckyjc007 says:

    It is so sad to have to fight so hard for freedom and then have it taken away. May we never stop fighting for freedom….for all! Great story. 🙂

  8. Inspiring and rather poignant too

  9. Felicia Hf says:

    Such a horrible fate for Lucy. I hope she gets her freedom soon! Great take on the prompt 🙂

  10. Wow! What a laden perspective. All the scenes were playing out in my mind. Very sad too.

  11. milliethom says:

    There are stories of freedom fighters from throughout history, and your story brought several to mind. I like your portrayal of Lucy. That she’ll never give up the fight, despite the awful losses she’s had to bear, speaks volumes about her courage and determination. Great story.

    • swritings says:

      Very true, throughout history and unfortunately, some still continue. Let’s hope they have a Lucy in their midst! 🙂 Thank you so much for reading! Glad you liked it! 🙂

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