Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. We are given a prompt photo and approximately 75-175 words with which we use to create our story. Our photo prompt this week is frompixabay.com. The challenge is fun and addictive and everyone is invited to participate. For more information, click HERE.

Week of 11-10 through 11-16-2015


“I thought we were riding in your Flower Bug car,”  Roxie said.

“No, there will be a huge crowd going to the revolution at the Pentagon and I don’t want to take my car,” Nikki replied.

“Wow! You were right, Nikki. There are thousands of activists, hippies, students and draft resisters here and a couple thousand rifle-wielding soldiers.”

Nikki stopped to talk to one of the soldiers. Roxie came up and said, “there are huge crowds trying to force their way into the Pentagon building.”

Nikki said, “Roxie, let’s get out of here!”

“Roxie, I just realized these soldiers are human beings that just follow orders.  The military strategists have gathered information  used to decide if the United States goes to war.”

“That soldier I spoke with could have been my father, brother, or husband just helping to defend our country.  What would we do without people like him?”

“This went from being a fun, hip trip to a painful reality!”

Words (163)

 Copyright © 2015 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved

9 thoughts on “HIP TRIP TO REALITY

  1. This reminds me of the many demonstrations that were held during the Hippie revolution against the Vietnam War. Those poor soldiers had no respect. This is an excellent story Jessie and very thought provoking!


    • Thank you so much, Joy! I still have a hard time when I think about all the soldiers that gave their lives in protecting us and such little regard from a lot of the citizens of this great country. Their frame of mind would certainly have been different if the Vietnam War had carried over to our territory! They would be screaming…where is the military? I understand that it is difficult to understand why we go there to fight, but look at the things that are happening in our world today….things keep escalating and we could easily become a target!


  2. Yes, you may have a choice if you volunteer (and we should be thankful that we have men and women to train for military service) , but if you are serving and are given orders….you abide by them. My husband was in the Marine Corp during the Viet Nam war and was shy of just one month left in the service to qualify for being sent over there. . At that particular time a soldier had to have at least 13 months left to serve before they sent them to Viet Nam…he had 12 months left, so he just missed being sent.


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