They Gave Me a Gun

Avatar Author: shadowlight I've been writing in one way or another for as long as I can remember and before that I was daydreaming (oh, wait...still do that). Favorite genres: fantasy/sci-fi, mystery, suspense, twilight zonish stuff etc. Pretty e... Read Bio

Early birds sing outside my window. Shafts of pale moonlight fade into the gray pre-dawn of another day. Not that I can see much through the high barred slats. Just enough to know there is another world beyond my dim, cramped cell.

Somewhere a drum rolls. A bugle plays reveille. Fragrant aromas waft in from the campfires. My stomach rumbles. I ignore it. A tear slides down my cheek. There’ll be no food for me. I’ve made my choice. The only one I could make.

Even now, I still can’t believe it. They all knew how I felt. I’d registered as a conscientious objector. They didn’t care. They wanted me to fight anyway. I tried to explain that if I fought I’d destroy the earth and everything on it. They didn’t believe me.

They laughed.

And gave me a gun. But I wouldn’t use it. The risk is too great. They cajoled and they wheedled. Promised me fame and fortune, if I’d cooperate. But I wouldn’t.

I ran.

They caught me.

That’s why I’m here.

Waiting for death.

They gave me a gun. But I took the world.

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  1. Avatar gĀ²LaPianistaIrlandesa

    Hmm… now it’s my turn to want to know more. What’s this person in for? Why, if this person fought, would he or she destroy the whole world?

    I’m definitely intrigued by this.

  2. Avatar shadowlight

    Hi again :o),

    Ah, this person’s in for refusing to fight and for running when the powers that be tried to force him. He’d destroy the world because he has some special power or abilities, at least that’s what I’m thinking. Thank you very much for reading. I’m glad you’re intrigued. That makes me happy.

  3. Avatar The Silence [All By Myself] {LoA}

    You actually had me thinking of ghandi. They did give him a gun. Not a tangible one but the gun of authority. And he seriously did take the world. Still an awesome piece! :)

  4. Avatar shadowlight

    Hi Silent Storm,

    Thinking of Ghandi is good. He certainly did his best to take the world…to make it a better place. Thanks for reading and for your kind words. I appreciate it.

  5. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    I like it, even with a fragment or two thrown in. It reads like a word of warning regarding the temptations that come with power, as power is so often associated with a gun. Nice job on the challenge.

  6. Avatar shadowlight

    Hello THX,

    Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on this for me. I’m glad you enjoyed it. What you say about power is true. My hero didn’t want anything to do with it or its repercussions. :o)

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