Friday Fictioneers – Judgement Day

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz (the blue frog) on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

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PHOTO PROMPT© Jan Wayne Fields

Judgement Day

It was dark when Bob and Frank pitched their tent. Bob took off his leathers and gazed at the engagement ring Frank had given him.

“Only a hundred miles tomorrow,” said Frank.

“What will your dad say when we tell him we’re going to marry?”

“It’s okay, Bob. Not everybody in the military is prejudiced.” He took out a Marlboro. “Shall we look at the stars?”

As he unzipped the tent door, a dazzling point of light exploded on the horizon, growing rapidly into a fiery pillar thundering into the heavens.

“Shit! I thought they’d scrapped those! That’s a Minuteman!”

The photo is entitled ‘Lights of Sturgis’. Sturgis is a small town in South Dakota, and its main claim to fame is an annual motorcycle rally, one of the biggest in the world. Sturgis is close to the Ellsworth Air Base, where fifty Minuteman missiles (long range missiles with nuclear warheads) were sited. The missiles were said to have been scrapped in 1994. I have no reason to believe that this is not the case, other than general paranoia and a belief in conspiracy theories…

30 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Judgement Day

    • Thank you, Lynn. We live in a world where both the condemnation of same sex marriage, and the waging of war enable a certain sort of person to dominate and control others. And, yeah, that’s twisted. I just hope we can civilise ourselves before we make ourselves extinct.
      Which is the bleak side of my outlook.
      I think that love and beauty redeem us as individuals, make this a good life to live, and maybe one day will save us.

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      • I try to be positive too. We’re selfish and self destructive, but there are a lot of people doing wonderful things too, working towards helping the planet, helping each other. Maybe we’ll pull ourselves back from the brink yet

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  1. Thank you for the comment, Granonine.
    No promises, but tomorrow I’m going to try to blog an extended version showing what happens next. I expect it will be about 1,000 words long, and will have the same title.


  2. Ugh. My first thought was, at least they die happy… Moon absolutely nailed it. If the military is more open-minded than the society it’s supposed to protect–quite a unique situation. Let’s hope the military leaders are as watchful now as they were with Reagan in his later days.

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  3. Thank you for commenting, Gah.
    I think you’re overly pessimistic about their fate. If you want to find out, I’ve turned the flash into a complete short story, which I shall blog tomorrow after doing a final edit!
    I, too, hope that the military leaders are watchful. But the thought that I have to rely on their potential disobedience sends shudders down my spine.


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