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Cry for Home – Flash Fiction

March 15, 2016

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Cry for Home

I remember when we were just Privates sitting around mocking our Sergeants. “War’s hell!” we would shout with our chests puffed out. We thought everything was a joke. Then we came into contact with our first real battle. 8,000 miles from home. No clue who were friendlies and who were the enemy. Everything was foreign to us. There was no more time for jokes.

I sat outside my barracks one night having a smoke. I’d just lost another friend, Charlie Baker. A hometown boy. I felt a nudge at my side. As I turned around, there sat the cutest dog I’d seen in a long time. Reminded me of Charlie’s dog, Pete. I rubbed it’s head for a while. I’d never cried for home until then.

Β©2016 Lori Carlson. All rights reserved.

(125 words)


 

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24 Comments
  1. Dogs are needed so that one can do such things!

  2. So sensitive and well written

  3. Your story reads with a powerful insight of what a soldier might feel. It is written with great sensitivity. I liked it very much.
    Isadora 😎

  4. Such a sweet sad story.

  5. Great portrayal of a soldier’s “coming of age” from rookie through first battle and on.

  6. Heartbreaking and beautiful

  7. Great soldier’s story. At least the dog allowed him to grieve for his lost friend and to perhaps, remind him of good times had with him. Very sad but well written.

  8. A lovely tribute to the importance that animals can have in our lives.

  9. Awww, that is heart touching. Animals touch our heart strings. Wonderful story! I loved how he was “hardened” throughout the story, until he met the dog.

  10. Dogs have been the best companions for soldiers since the start of war. I liked this story a lot.

  11. Poignant story and a real coming-of-age tale. Good stuff :0

  12. Thank you, my angel!

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