Week 27 Flash Fiction Challenge Winner: Dick Waters

Today we’re pleased to announce Dick Waters as the winner of the 24th weekly Flash Fiction competition at Indies Unlimited.

The winning entry is rewarded with a special feature here today and a place in our collection of winners which will be published as an e-book at year end.

Congratulations to Dick, and thanks to everyone who participated – excellent entries! Now, without further ado, here’s the winning entry:

Photo by K.S. Brooks

Old Glory – New Mission
by Dick Waters

I nervously spied out my window. Billy Love, my neighbor’s grandson, had the banned US flag draped across his shoulders.

He’s going to be shot.

The sight of the flag brought back memories of my family fighting in WWII to defend what it stood for. Billy’s father was a Marine who was killed in Afghanistan.

Twenty years ago the terrorists took down the towers in NYC. Who knew it was only a hint of what was in store for our country. They took over our country from the inside out. We were so stupid; putting up external defenses including wars in foreign lands, only to have the president and most of congress have five word names. What a shame we lost the silent war.

I can now remember what woke me from my afternoon nap. I heard taps being played, along with the thump of a drum beating like a loud heart beat.

Billy was standing in front of the sign, which warned anyone displaying the flag of the United States would be shot on sight.

The news crews must have been alerted to his plan as they were assembled along the curb. I could hear the now familiar sound of military vehicles closing in.

Tears soon reinforced that this was going to be the start of taking our country back.

I put my glasses on and read the spray painted words next to Billy.
“All I dare hope is that if, in executing this task…”

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3 thoughts on “Week 27 Flash Fiction Challenge Winner: Dick Waters”

  1. THANK you Mike and Brian. I'm honored to be in such amazing company of you and the other writers.

    I read all of the entries most weeks, and there's so much variation and creativity in the submissions.

    Brian – I could picture that scene.

    Mike – I attended a ceremony at Arlington cemetery, and I wasn't ashamed of my tears when 'Taps' was played.

    Thanks again,


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