In response to:
- Carrot Ranch May 14, 2020, flash fiction challenge: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that answers the question, “What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you are in absolute danger?” Go where the prompt leads!
- The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Make the word “want” the first, second, or third word of your post. Have fun!
This is based upon a true story: a tale my mother told me about her time in the war — she was a spectator to this event. I admit I cheated; the rules for ‘Stream of Consciousness’ say ‘no editing’, but I had to edit to get this to fit into 99 words (no more, no less).
“I want that,” said the German soldier, in badly broken French. His uniform was impeccable, though his command of the local tongue was not.
“What do you want?” responded the Frenchman, standing astride his bicycle.
The Frenchman shook his head. “It’s mine, you can’t have it!” he protested, and made as though to cycle off.
Calmly, the soldier reached into his pocket and brought out a pistol. He aimed it squarely at the Frenchman, who froze. The fear was evident in his eyes.
There’s a time to fight; and a time to admit that you have lost.
Word count: 99