Last One Standing

This post is written for Friday Fictioneer’s. The challenge is to write a complete story with a beginning, middle and end in 100 words or less. My story follows the picture prompt below.

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

He avoided most of the other anniversaries. After ten years things started aging. The heroes of high school footfall games returned from wars damaged both physically and mentally. Their minds numbed by what they had witnessed. The destruction of an entire country happened before their glazed eyes. For the vulnerable, and there were many, their sanity ended there. 

Scanning the gymnasium he could recognize one or two. They had started to crumble. Some were  bent over, a shell of their former self. Others folded into their wheelchairs. His former heroes lay like Roman ruins.  

Author: Danny James

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

18 thoughts on “Last One Standing”

  1. Such beautiful, sad imagery you use. I especially like the line “Their minds numbed by what they had witnessed,” and how you describe the former soldiers as crumbling, as though the photo prompt is more of a metaphor than an actual structure. Such emotion. You’re storytelling is amazing 💕

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