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Friday, November 30, 2007

55 Flash Fiction Friday #6 - Spoils of War

A perfect specimen of mankind, he was glorious in his defense of his squad.
Fighting for their lives, advancing into the face of the enemy, dividing them, taking out the ones holding down his friends. As he fell, his thoughts were of her.
She laid back, enjoying the caresses of her new, genetically inferior, man.
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So, this is just one possible outcome of war, but I'm sure anyone who knows of a woman with a different man than the soldier who died, probably can understand what I'm saying. I just want people to think about the consequences of war, and if they are good for mankind.


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19 Comments:

At Friday, November 30, 2007 at 10:26:00 AM EST, Blogger Mona $visitorIP said...

Reminded me of Iliad.. no... Odyssey I think when I read that...

I just can't recollect the name of the queen who took another man thinking her husband to be dead...

I read the Greek Epics a very long time back...Must have a refresher read again...

Yes, The spoils of war are many. Not every woman is lucky to get another man. I remember reading about wars that killed so many men that the women were left alone with none...

Or worse, they were raped & killed by the plundering enemy & sometimes even their own countrymen...

& many were left to feed their children by selling their bodies...

At Friday, November 30, 2007 at 11:31:00 AM EST, Blogger S $visitorIP said...

Wow Charles!
Very thought provoking.
Thanks for playing 55 with us!
Sending some people over for the counter today.

At Friday, November 30, 2007 at 11:39:00 AM EST, Blogger Akelamalu $visitorIP said...

War is never good for mankind, that's a great 55.

At Friday, November 30, 2007 at 12:24:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Mona,
I remember reading that when I was an early teen. It didn't even come to mind when I wrote this, I was thinking more along the lines of which is better, the genetic diversity of putting possible mutants into play when they wouldn't have been, or going with the probable stability of what is likely good genetic stock.

On the one hand non-mutated progeny are definitely human, on the other hand, mutants might actually advance our species to something better. Of course there's the possibility that the healthy soldier is actually a mutant...

At Friday, November 30, 2007 at 12:25:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Suzie,
Thanks, I always like to make folks think. :)
Send any and all that will come, they are welcome to use the counter.

At Friday, November 30, 2007 at 12:27:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Akelamalu,

I tend to think that myself, but what I think and what is reality, sometimes they may actually be different.
Thanks for the complement, and for coming by.

At Friday, November 30, 2007 at 1:42:00 PM EST, Blogger Serena Joy $visitorIP said...

That really makes you stop and think. Good 55, Charles.

At Friday, November 30, 2007 at 2:23:00 PM EST, Blogger Top cat $visitorIP said...

I thought you were doing a sci-fi thing there charles, a new type of Cyborg to replace a real man.

War does suck, no one wins and many people die including innocents.
However we can't lump all Wars into one box. World War 2 is a perfect example. In order to stop the advancement of a dictator who was not only clearly mad but bent on European domination and most likely World domination once his rocket and nucleur program had been completed.
This is a case where War was thrust on us.

The Iraq war and VietNam wars were clearly wars created out of political posturing.

War is a part of the human psyche and I believe it always will be.
We need to learn WHEN to raise the sword and when to walk away.

tc

Thanks for raising this issue for conversation and contemplation.
I enjoyed your 55 btw.

At Friday, November 30, 2007 at 3:48:00 PM EST, Blogger Little Wing $visitorIP said...

Great 55 Charles!
And really thought provoking!
I have a quote up on my post about war, very powerful!

At Friday, November 30, 2007 at 4:07:00 PM EST, Blogger lime $visitorIP said...

i'm confused. is this supposedly after a time of mourning for the one she lost or was she cheating on him while he was dying?

At Friday, November 30, 2007 at 4:13:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Lime,
I was thinking cheating, but it doesn't matter as far as the fact that if he had been home, things might have been different.

At Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 8:09:00 AM EST, Blogger snowelf $visitorIP said...

Charles, your 55 made me have a dream about you!!:P

Have a great weekend :)
--snow

At Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 9:10:00 AM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Snow,
Please, do tell. Its always interesting what thoughts are sprouted from the seeds I plant.

At Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 11:36:00 AM EST, Blogger Queenie $visitorIP said...

Great post, just wish some folks would think before making war!

At Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 11:44:00 AM EST, Blogger Rebicmel $visitorIP said...

Charles much thought for consideration here and very thought provoking!!! The consequences that come with war are far to great at times. Have a great weekend.

At Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 12:33:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Queenie,
There's only a small portion of any country's population that actually need to think about whether to make war, unfortunately I think that we tend to elect the ones with the wrong emotional reactions. Perhaps that's because we have the wrong emotional reactions towards them.

Rebicmel,
I'd love to inspire everyone to think, but I'm happy enough to be able to half-way think myself. ;)

At Sunday, December 2, 2007 at 9:54:00 AM EST, Blogger no.good.at.coding $visitorIP said...

I've always agreed that war is such a waste of life, time, effort, resources and money; all so much better utilized elsewhere.

And the people who decide war is necessary never have an inkling of the ground reality since they are never the ones who suffer; it's always the innocent civilians and the soldiers who are only following orders.

At Sunday, December 2, 2007 at 7:52:00 PM EST, Blogger G-Man $visitorIP said...

"WAR! HuhA..What is it good for....?"
..ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!

Great 55 Charles..
I've been quite busy, please excuse me..
Galen...

At Monday, December 3, 2007 at 5:38:00 AM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

NGAC,
I think we should make a law that before war can be declared the top government officials have to have it out amongst themselves. It could serve two purposes, to discourage the thought of war coming from them, and that of eliminating the ones that want it.

G,
Indeed, some songs ring so true. Consider yourself excused, you da man.

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