© J. Hardy Carroll

They were just kids and they thought it was funny. He was a homeless Vietnam vet who had his foot blown off. The punks thought they were doing the world a favor by abusing him.

I found them a mile away from where they left him and made them tell me where they’d left his prosthetic.

I took it back and said he could come to my place. He asked me why. I told him that Marines have each others backs. Later that night, he stood on one good foot and one artificial one, and we both saluted the flag.

I wrote this for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ photo writing challenge. The idea is to use the image above to create a piece of flash fiction no more than 100 words long. My word count (after a lot of editing) is 100 words.

A prosthetic limb and the American Independence Day. I didn’t have to think hard to write this one. My Dad was a veteran and so is one of my sons. For their sake alone, I’ll never take the knee in front of the American flag, though I respect the right of anyone who chooses to. After all, that’s what so many have fought and died for; the right to speak their mind in a free country.

Happy Independence Day to you and yours.

To read other stories based on the prompt, visit InLinkz.com.

35 thoughts on “Warriors

    • It happens sometimes. I once believed someone’s sob story and lost a few hundred bucks in the deal. At first I was mad, but then I realized that I had acted out of kindness no matter the result.

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  1. I have a son currently in the Army, James. He’s in South Korea right now (a trip for grandchildren of veterans).

    This is a good story, and I agree it’s okay for someone to kneel in front of the flag (as does he).

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  2. Hope you had a lovely Independence Day. A very touching story, James. We need more kindness in the world and a willingness to be taken advantage of (within reason) to give it. You said it very well, to give honor to whom honor is due for the freedoms we enjoy.


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