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101 Word Flash Fiction Story - I Understand

I wrote this story on Memorial day. I hope you enjoy it!



Gareth R.T. Owen

I watched with despair as he tossed his duffle bag into the bed of his truck and opened the driver’s side door.

“Please don’t go, dad,” I begged, my voice desperate.

He turned back and looked me dead in the eyes. Mine were blurred by tears, but his were dry. He never cried, not that I saw anyway.

“One day you’ll understand,” he said. “Maybe you won’t forgive me, but you’ll understand.”

That was the last time I ever saw him. But he was right: I understand. When I hold his medals and hear people call him a hero: I understand.


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