So Many Gone

Photo by Trish Nankivell

General Turpentine pulled into the gas station.  When the attendant came to his car, he recognized him.  “It’s Sergeant McCoy, isn’t it?”

The young man smiled.  “Yes, Sir.”

“It’s good to see you but why are you here?”

“It’s the only job I could get.  Over there I was a hero but here, I’m just another colored man.”

General Turpentine shook his head.  “Disgraceful.”

“I can’t complain.  I’m alive when so many of my buddies are gone.  When I got back, I attended Colonel Gerald Tucker’s funeral.”

“Colonel Gerald Tucker?”

“He was Nurse Johnson’s sweetheart.”

Maddie’s young man was dead.

100 Words

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  You can find this week’s prompt Here. To read other stories or to participate, click Here.

My apologies for what may be a confusing end for some of you. Maddie is the nurse the General fell in love with. Gerald was the sweetheart she told him about when the General and she first met in North Africa during the war.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas.


    • I mentioned Tucker because he was one of the friends which this young man had lost in the war and I mentioned the nurse because she’s the nurse the General fell in love with. She had already gotten the news that Tucker had died but didn’t tell the General. And now he knows. This changes things.

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  1. And the plot thickens! Not only bad enough to come back to civilian life after the trauma of wartime service but to be treated as low-class because of the color of your skin. Oh, the gall of it.

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  2. LOL, you have a backstory for your 100 word characters. Amazing.
    Seat of my pants girl here …
    Good story. I like how you’ve moved away from the Christmas theme too.
    It was a little confusing at the end … but otherwise, excellent.

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  3. Dear Adele,

    Interesting continuation. How sad the sergeant didn’t get the receive the same respect at home given him in the army. I am and forever will be appalled. I’m looking forward to reading more about Maddie and the general.

    Shalom and a Merry Messiahmas,


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    • Dear Rochelle,

      Yes, it is very sad and appalling that African American soldiers didn’t receive the kind of respect they earned for fighting for freedom for everybody. I read that they received more respect in Germany. I’m thrilled that you’re looking forward to reading more about Maddie and the general.

      Shalom and a Merry Messiahmas,


  4. Great story. I picked up on the disparity that a gentleman could fight for their country, risking life and limb… and be treated like crap when he came home. I saw it when my Brother returned from “Nam. The racism in this country is just sickening to the soul, too. Great writing, and great reminder that we need to step up and care for our men and women returning from the front lines. Merry Christmas!

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    • Thank you so much. I’m happy you liked the story. I’m really sorry to hear that your brother had to deal with racism after fighting for his country in Vietnam. Yes, we need to support and care for the brave men and women returning from the front lines. A Merry Christmas to you and yours 🙂

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