Sunday Photo Fiction — Clay Pigeons


Frank grabbed Sally and pulled her behind the embankment as the military tank rumbled over bridge. “Do you think they saw us?” Sally whispered to Frank.

Frank peeked over the embankment as the tank rolled out of sight. “No, I don’t think so,” he said, as reassuringly as he could. “It will be dark in an hour,” he continued. “We’ll wait here until then before heading to the other side.”

Four months earlier the generals had staged a coup, arrested the president and his family, and declared martial law when those loyal to the president took up arms in open rebellion.

The fighting had been fierce and thousands of lives had been lost, but Frank was determined to make it across the border with Sally, where they’d be given asylum. He figured it would take them a few more days on foot, since private vehicles were no longer allowed on the roads.

After the sun set, the two left their hiding place. They had barely taken two steps when they were caught in a bright spotlight. Shots rang out and both of them fell dead to the ground.

“Like clay pigeons,” one of the rebel soldiers said, laughing.

(198 words)

Written for this week’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt. Photo credit: A Mixed Bag 2017.


15 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction — Clay Pigeons

  1. ceayr September 3, 2017 / 7:55 am

    Rather a brutal denouement!


    • Fandango September 3, 2017 / 8:35 am

      Every story can’t have a happy ending.


    • Fandango September 3, 2017 / 8:56 am

      It’s possible. I do worry that if Trump is removed from office, one way or another, his ardent supporters could, in fact, take up arms. That thought gives me the shivers, too.


    • Fandango September 3, 2017 / 8:57 am

      So do I, but in 200 or fewer words, I couldn’t make that happen.


  2. James September 3, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    I think it was Rosie O’Donnell who said this is what should happen to depose President Trump. So far, I don’t see the Secretary of Defense James Mattis or the U.S. armed forces adopting her wishes, but I suppose it could happen.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango September 3, 2017 / 4:09 pm

      The generals seem to be faithfully following the lead of their Commander-in-Chief. At least for now.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Sunday Fiction September 4, 2017 / 3:43 am

    My image of this was Trump’s supporters after being removed from office – although hard to say which side was which.

    Such a callous way for the rebels to respond though.

    Liked by 1 person

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