The Aftermath


Muttering under his breath, Charley shook his head as he and Jeff surveyed the damage. “Two more bodies about 20 yards down that closed sidewalk,” he told Jeff, pointing to their left.

“Them’s the sixth and seventh so far today,” Jeff said, updating the tally on the page on his clipboard.

“We gotta check these buildings next, just in case there are more in the rubble.” Charley said, looking toward the concrete shells where housing units once stood. “Look out for snipers.”

A year had passed since the generals declared martial law after the military takeover of the federal government. The President, his family, and most members of his administration had been jailed for treason against the state. The insurrection by the President’s loyalists began almost immediately. Riots and mayhem around the country ensued.

The generals cracked down hard in an effort to restore order. There were thousands of fatalities in the fighting and countless arrests.

Most of the rebellion had been quelled, but bands of Trumpanistas, as they called themselves, continued to roam the cities and cause havoc. The generals assured the public that things were under control and peace would soon be restored.

But Charley and Jeff knew better.

(200 words, exactly.)

Written for Sunday Photo Fiction. Photo credit: J. Hardy Carroll.

18 thoughts on “The Aftermath

  1. Sight11 August 6, 2017 / 11:47 pm

    Oh, a grim scenario… Pyrrhic Victory..

    Liked by 1 person

  2. baddadcartoons101 August 7, 2017 / 12:18 am

    Problem is – the Trumpanistas only make up 20% of us but control 80% of the guns (the ol’ 80/20 rule applies here)

    Liked by 2 people

  3. newepicauthor August 7, 2017 / 6:18 am

    Tnere is more trouble ahead as I just heard that the Trumpanistas are throwing in with the Russians.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. August 7, 2017 / 7:02 am

    All to real…potentially


    • Fandango August 7, 2017 / 11:25 am

      I hope not, but I wouldn’t be too surprised. Oh well, America had a good run.


    • Fandango August 7, 2017 / 11:28 am

      I enjoyed your post. Interesting take.


    • Fandango August 7, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      They’ve seen more than enough to know what is yet in store.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Susan August 7, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    Too scary for words. My fear is this is a premonition rather than a good piece of fiction

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango August 7, 2017 / 4:47 pm

      That is a scary thought, indeed. Unfortunately, it may not be that far fetched, given recent events.


  6. Sunday Fiction August 8, 2017 / 10:25 am

    Something tells me this isn’t too far from the truth with Twitler and his band of … people. A good grim story.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango August 8, 2017 / 10:48 am

      Grim, and I agree, not too far from the realm of possibility.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Kat Myrman August 9, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    If I didn’t know this was fiction I wouldn’t know it was fiction. Wouldn’t surprise me a bit…😟

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango August 9, 2017 / 9:37 pm

      Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it will continue to be fiction.

      Liked by 1 person

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