The Big Picture

EF3FBD49-1982-467F-8A99-AF5FD438A708The explosion that followed the crash was loud and destructive. “Goddammit, Jake. I told you it was a trap,” Ed said, looking at the image on the monitor.

“I know,” said Jake. “I kinda thought it might have been a trap. But I was under a lot of pressure, you know.”

“You put your men in harm’s way because you were feeling pressured?” Ed said. “This is not a game, Jake. You need to think big picture, you need to keep your eye on the horizon, to look beyond what’s right in front of you, to stay three or four steps ahead of the enemy, dammit.”

Jake threw down the controller and got up from the sofa. “This is a game, Ed. It’s a fucking video game, for crissake, he said. “It’s not life or death. No one was actually injured or killed. It’s all a fantasy.”

“Sheesh, Jake,” Ed said, “you have no imagination whatsoever. Fine, I’m going to watch ‘Game of Thrones.’ Can you toss me a beer from the fridge?”


Written for these one-word prompts: Wacky Weekend Challenge (explosion), Ragtag Daily Prompt (crash), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (trap), Scotts Daily Prompt (pressure), Your Daily Word Prompt (horizon), and Word of the Day Challenge (imagination).

11 thoughts on “The Big Picture

  1. Sight11 November 25, 2018 / 2:09 am

    Do you play any of those video games?

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    • Fandango November 25, 2018 / 7:30 am

      I used to back in the day, but not anymore.

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  2. the dark netizen November 26, 2018 / 5:28 am

    Brilliant take on the prompt, Fandango! 😀
    I am guilty of behaving like Ed! 😉
    Welcome to the Challenge!

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  4. leigha66 November 30, 2018 / 10:17 am

    Good job on the prompts… some people get way too wrapped up in games.

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