They set off at first light. No sign of the enemy.

Peters took the front of the stretcher, Henderson the rear. Felix lay unconscious, each step across the uneven, barren landscape making his head roll from side to side.

Henderson reckoned it was a hundred miles back to the demilitarised zone – at their laboured pace and taking into account stops for rest, it would take them seven days.

Felix would never make it, so why carry him?

Never leave a man behind, thought Peters, looking at his fallen comrade.

Sustenance, thought Henderson, as he eyed up Felix’s ample bulk.

Copyright Jean L. Hayes

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

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99 responses to “TAKE ONLY WHAT YOU NEED”

  1. Two distinctly different viewpoints, one more practical than the other. Great (dark) twist! Your stories are always so descriptive, I feel like I’m there. Though don’t think I want to be this week (haha).

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  2. Battle between heart and brain, fellow feeling vs. hard reason continues. Hope heart is strong enough to win and pray Felix makes it. It is such a long way to the dimilitarised zone.

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  3. The head on the stretcher moving side by side. The descriptions are so crystal clear. Two different yet poles apart perspectives taken into account. The last line surprised me.

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  4. looks like Felix has had it, !00 miles in enemy territory by foot is a hard slog. The hardest part is the decision process – what to do about Felix. They could always remember the good times, you that last meal they had with Felix.

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  5. Eek! Good and evil, ideal and practical, what we say and what we think. As I read through the other comments, it wasn’t much different. I love how you captured the human nature in a crisis situation and I’d definitely read the sequel.

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