They called it a victory.

It didn’t feel like a victory to him. He had seen to much to call it a victory.

The bombed-out buildings; the fighting; the gunshots; the gas; the bombs; the dead bodies; the dead soldiers, theirs and his own comrades; the bloodshed; the injured; the children crying in the streets; the fires burning everything in their path.

The nightmare went on inside his head. It would never stop. His only hope was that it wouldn’t happen again, but they said that the last time.

And now he was going home, back across the water. He pictured the house waiting for him. His mother and father at the door. The causeway leading to their small island that was only passable at low tide.

He liked the idea of being cut off from the world forever. After what he had seen, he wasn’t sure he ever wanted to go beyond the small, safe borders of the place he called home.

That would be his victory, to isolate himself and try to forget.

He would never be able to forgive.

And they called it a victory.

Copyright Sue Vincent

This is a response to the #writephoto Prompt: Causeway curated over at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo. Click on the link to read other stories inspired by the image.

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