guns at the ready

PHOTO PROMPT – © Dee Lovering PHOTO PROMPT – © Dee Lovering

The Major smiled after hearing the report.

All his men made the pre-dawn ascents of the buildings and monuments unseen.

Each strategically placed, guns trained on the Square.

Fingers on the triggers, eyes on the scopes, they waited for his order.

Snipers trained to obey his command.

One move. One step outside the Square, and the Major would give the order.

Fire. Fire. Fire.

The General said no protesters should be allowed to leave the Square.

And, the Major never shirked his duties. {83 words}

Written for:  Friday Fictioneers 1 May 2015

{The dignitary atop the tall monument with what appears to be a rifle gave me the idea – though this flash fiction does speak to things happening the world round}


19 thoughts on “guns at the ready

  1. Priceless Joy May 2, 2015 / 2:05 pm

    Excellent excellent Phylor, I could feel the building tension and the deep penetration of sadness at the end.


  2. gahlearner May 1, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    This is so close to home… everywhere. Whether it’s more or less, doesn’t really matter, the idea is the same everywhere. Great story.


    • phylor May 2, 2015 / 4:49 am

      I find it frightening that, as you say, this sort of story keeps playing itself out. Too bad there wasn’t a way to instantly melt all the guns in the world!

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  3. Rosey Pinkerton May 1, 2015 / 12:48 pm

    Duck! That was close! The guy braving the elements atop the pillar is Christopher Columbus! Don’t know what me of what was going on below!
    Rosey Pinkerton


    • phylor May 2, 2015 / 5:00 am

      Thanks for letting me know it was C.C. Guess he wasn’t holding a gun after all.


    • phylor May 1, 2015 / 12:03 pm

      Just too close to home here in the US — As long as there are those who want power and use various excuses for ethic cleansing or gunning down the opposition to get or keep that power, then the guns will never be silent, never turned into plow shares.


  4. micklively May 1, 2015 / 5:22 am

    When democracy meets vested interest: which yields?


    • phylor May 1, 2015 / 8:40 am

      Kevlar-vested interests do not yield.


  5. Perry Block (@PerryBlock) April 30, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    Yep, guns always are at the ready. Everywhere you look, everywhere through history. Very well conveyed.


    • phylor May 1, 2015 / 3:39 am

      Guns prove we’ve learned nothing from history.


  6. Colline April 30, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    Scary stuff Phylor. I shudder to think that orders like this are given.


    • phylor April 30, 2015 / 8:17 pm

      That’s why the world is such a scary place now — too many people with fingers on the triggers.

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      • Colline May 3, 2015 / 9:10 am

        I agree. Seems like their power prevents them from thinking with empathy.


  7. Lorna's Voice April 30, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    Yes, it does. Collateral damage in the name of some cause or another…it’s so common and so frightening, yet nations or factions justify it all the time. Well done.


    • phylor April 30, 2015 / 12:57 pm

      The world is becoming a scarier place. Have we learned nothing? Evil still stalks.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Lorna's Voice April 30, 2015 / 6:18 pm

        I’m wondering if this killing thing (or competitive thing) is built into most of us. I don’t have it (well, I compete with myself, but not with others). It’s just so endemic. What’s so scary about peace?


        • phylor April 30, 2015 / 8:20 pm

          I don’t know — but some people could never be content with peace — there will always be an enemy for them to find.

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