Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–October 2nd, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt.

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The link to the other stories this week is as follows:


Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words


The hospital corridors were full of the wounded. The worst of them were left to die. There was no other choice. There was not enough medicine and other medical supplies for everyone.

The planes continued to bomb the neighborhoods and the hospitals were not spared. It was a malicious, hellish war. Women and children weren’t spared. No one was safe. There was no longer any place to hide. The people were being bombed into submission. The country was being demolished one city at a time.

It seemed there was more than one enemy but they now looked all the same. Other countries bombed from the air or supplied weapons but sent no fighting troops, just advisors.

This had long ago been called the land of the free and the home of the brave. People made wrong choices. They wasted their votes by not voting at all.

“What’s the use,” they said. “We’re not interested in either person running. We’re showing our disgust  by not voting.”

Some voted for candidates who couldn’t win. This also wasted their vote.

Because of this candidates were voted in who said they could do everything by themselves. This is what a dictator says.




Written Act of Kindness Award



36 thoughts on “ENDLESS WAR

  1. Wow! You crossed a great chasm here from stepping out of the two party system to world war….I guess some could say that the endless war has already been waging for generations between two parties neither of which has anything but the destruction of our country as their agenda. The vote for a third party then however doomed to failure is the only moral choice

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    • Thanks, Joseph. While I understand and sympathize with your opinion. I believe it’s the duty of a voter to vote in a way that most limits the harm that would be done and promotes the common good. Voting for a candidate who cannot possibly win is like not voting in a way. It does nothing to limit the harm that can be done by an unfit candidate who will then possibly win and do harm. Voting for a candidate who will do less harm, and putting them in office, puts a total bar to the candidate who is inexperienced and unfit for office and will do much more harm if in office. As you know, this is an imperfect world. We need to be informed and make the best possible choices. —- Suzanne

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      • I guess I understand your point it leaves me still wondering how to vote. It sounds like you have your mind firmly made up as to who is inexperienced and would therefore do more harm. I wish I could see things that cut and dried. Honestly I am truly perplexed by both of the main party candidates and feel they could both easily level our country in their own inimitable ways. Should I choose to vote for either one as of today I feel it will be a vote for the undoing of America. Both candidates get us to the same place via different roads. As you say a vote for a third party will change little, so perhaps we are already undone, and all we get to choose is the shortest road to perdition.

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    • Thanks, John. I certainly hope the U.S. doesn’t go down that road but this election is crucial. Not voting or voting for a candidate who can’t possibly win carries the danger of opening the door to the office for someone who seems totally inexperienced and unacceptable with views that change from day to day. I used the nightmare of Aleppo, Syria as a hideous example of a living hell. —- Suzanne

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  2. I shudder at the very thought of World Wars. I’ve seen so many films on these wars and the ones where I cried, were of Hitler and the poor Jews. England at the hands of Japanese. Cruel, Total Cruel.


  3. Powerful last line and really makes you think, particularly with US election around the corner. We need to vote, to prevent war etc. Otherwise, whoever gets in is just a dictator and can do what he wants if there are no checks and balances and input from people. Civilians just become cannon fodder. Great take Suzanne!

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    • Thanks, Mandibelle. Yes, I’d prefer not depending on the checks and balances if the wrong person gets in. That person can cause a great deal of trouble and listen to the wrong people. In all my years of voting, I’ve never seen a situation like this before. Even some of the top politicians didn’t think it was possible. I’m pleased you liked the story. —- Suzanne

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      • They really are important. I returned back to Hong Kong a few days ago, saw my ballot and had to cast my vote today as I will be out traveling Asia for the next month+, and did not want a vote to go to waste 🙂
        Cheers to a great day!

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  4. We have had a situation like this recently. Not the wars etc, but the voting side of it. I normally vote green, but this time, I voted to keep the current party out. Unfortunately, so many people thought to do a protest vote by voting for someone who wouldn’t get in, and then complained when the ones that the normal people – not the rich – got in again. Then the people who decided that if they didn’t vote, it would count as a vote to stay in the EU.

    I do like the way you didn’t mention which candidate was the worst.

    When this building was like this, I would think of Lebanon, Beirut or Aleppo.

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    • Thanks, Al. Michelle Obama even made a strong speech telling people if they didn’t vote for someone who had a chance of getting in the wrong person had a better chance. This election has candidates who are so well known no one needs to mention names. I don’t understand the way some think. It just makes sense to me. My son understands that now. When he was first voting he used to vote for the Independent candidate and wouldn’t listen to me. Sometimes you have to vote with your head. I guess we live and learn. I’m pleased you liked the story. —- Suzanne

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  5. Bravo for tackling a sensitive but very important topic! Intriguing. Here in Sweden I think a lot of us are following the US election with a sense of… well, let’s say astonishment. Normally I’d say let people vote according to their own personal belief, but they way things look now I hope everyone can come together to prevent a disaster.


    • Thanks, Sonny. I think it bodes ill for other countries as well as the U.S. if a candidate gets into office who is so ill prepared to handle the job stresses. His followers are an unhappy lot and are voting with their emotions, not their heads. Their votes are also against the other candidate. They aren’t thinking through the consequences of the vote. I’m pleased you liked the story. —- Suzanne

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    • I truly hope all works out for the best. We’ve never seen a situation like this before. It keeps getting worse and worse. It’s truly time to vote with our heads and for the common good. I’m pleased you found this story interesting. —- Suzanne

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