SPF: Unforgivable


Danial had gone to buy milk when the drone struck his building. Only one woman survived. She lost both her legs.

Years later, Danial stood at the courthouse. He was suing the government for killing his family. He knew he’d never win; that his family’s lives, who’d lived millions of miles away in a foreign country meant nothing, but he was still adamant.

“Sorry Danny,” said his lawyer soberly, as they left the courthouse.

It took Danial another two years to get the name of the man who’d ordered the strike.

He stood outside the restaurant, watching his family’s killer with his teenage daughters and wife.

With a stoic expression he walked inside, ignored the maitre d’ and marched straight up to his target.

Danial’s hand slid inside his coat pocket.

“This is my wife and daughter,” he said loudly, holding up a half burnt photograph.

“To you, they were just collateral damage. No sir, they were not. You played God with their lives and others. Your justifications are meaningless. You sir, are a murderer and a coward.”

Silent eyes followed Danial out of the restaurant, then turned towards the stunned family.

As his daughters looked at their father with a horrified expression, for the first time, the man who’d served his country so proudly, felt ashamed.

For Sunday Photo Fiction


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Author: Ugly Aphrodite (Available on Amazon Kindle) Ah, the need to get your thoughts out there! Happy reading folks!
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16 Responses to SPF: Unforgivable

  1. At first I thought he was going to kill them. That was worse as it will destroy his relationship with his family. Very good story.

  2. Dahlia says:

    Bravo – this revenge was way better than the endless cycle of killings.

  3. mandibelle16 says:

    I think he did the right thing here. Revealed to this man’s family, who he truly was, not who the media made him out to be. I think relating to him as a human, showing him a picture of the narrators family, with the man responsibles family, makes a powerful statement.
    Great job!

    • swritings says:

      Yes, he did do the right thing. That guy did kill his family, but if he’d killed him in cold-blood, then he’d have ruined his own life and lost the moral high ground…. Thanks a lot! 🙂

  4. jademwong says:

    I was afraid you were going to have him kill the other man, but I love that direction you chose instead. Let him live with the knowledge of the pain he’s caused. Let his family finally see him for the man he is. Bravo.

  5. magarisa says:

    I could see the story unfolding in mind as I was reading. Wonderfully written!

  6. That turned out to be a beautiful story! Enjoyed reading it. 🙂

  7. Danial took the high road and avoided vilence. He still got to shame the coward. Good writing, SW. —- Suzanne

  8. rogershipp says:

    Well done…. I am so glad Danny did not have those same powerful words spoken against him!

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