March 20, 2023, prompt: Write a story about shots fired in 99 words (no more, no less). Where is this story taking place? Is there urgency or surprise? Who is there? What happens next? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.
Love And Hate – by Hugh W. Roberts
I met Hans on the battlefield. Our eyes locked across the chaos of war as shots rang out. At that moment, nothing else existed.
Drawn to each other like moths to a flame, we became united by the realisation that life was too short to waste on hate.
But we parted on different sides as my commander shouted to fall back.
Many years later, when the world was at peace, I never thought we would reunite and our love would be as strong as that day in 1915.
For Hans and I, shots fired had led to love found.
Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.
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28 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – Love And Hate”
If only real life could imitate your flash fiction, the world would be a better place.
It would. We can live in hope that one day it will happen.
Love is in the air. I’m pleased they found each other again when war was done.
Me too, Norah. Love is always in the air.
Wonderful story, Hugh. I love the positive ending.
Thank you, Eugenia.
Well done. If only all combatants had this opportunity.
I wonder if it has happened, Dan? I like to think it has.
A sweet fantasy! If only young men on the battlefield would look into their enemies’ faces and fall immediately in love. Think we can put something into the air?
I think we can, yes. What a lovely thought.
Well done, Hugh. As folks have already commented, a story of good coming from evil. Gotta love the name Hans!
Thanks, Terri. I researched popular boys’ names in 1915, and Hans was number one.
I’m not surprised, Hugh, Hans is the German equivalent of John.
Then you won’t be surprised to hear that the most popular boy’s name in England in 1915 was John.
So, this is an example that from all evil also comes something good. Beautiful story, Hugh!
Thank you, Erika. This was the positive me writing about something negative. Positivity always wins. You just have to let it do its work.
And see, this is what this world needs so much. Digging out the light under the ruins of devestation. Thank you for doing this with your story, Hugh!
This is beautiful Hugh. Hope amongst the pain and suffering
Thank you, Brenda. Love is always somewhere. You just need to know how to find it.
I did it told a whole story in so few words 💜
A truly moving story Hugh 💜
Thanks, Willow. Glad you enjoyed it.
Wonderful, Hugh! How to turn a prompt that could have been bloody and full of hate around into a love story! Well done.
Thank you, Liesbet. I’m glad you enjoyed this love story. Love is everywhere. It’s finding and allowing it to happen that is often the problem.