#SoCS Nov. 11/17 – Arm

Linda’s #SoCS prompt this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “arm.” Use it as a word or find a word with “arm” in it. Have fun!

” ‘Armless fun, that’s all it was, honest Guv!”

Pete sunk onto the curb as the policeman stood there, staring down at him, a look of pure disgust spreading across his face.

His colleague was scribbling notes into his little pad of paper, whilst a third officer was consoling an old gentleman.

Around their feet lay a sea of red; scattered poppies that had been sat safely in a cardboard carrier that the veteran had been holding.

He hadn’t meant to scare the living daylights out of the man. Just a few toots of his motorbike horn, and a few circuits around him, then Pete had been intending on presenting him with the roll of notes that he and his mates had collected for The Royal British Legion.

How was he to know the trauma that the old soldier had lived through?

It hadn’t occurred to him that his horn may sound a bit like a siren blaring, and the roaring of his engine like the planes circling, before releasing the bombs.

How was he to know that all those years ago, this man had only arrived home on a 48 hour pass, minutes before his house was razed to the ground, taking all he loved from him.

How  was he to know, the anguish that veteran went through, trudging through the trenches, watching his comrades fall by the wayside.

But he did know.

Pete had only recently returned from Afghanistan.

He’d seen the horrors. He’d lived though the losses too.

His only saviour was that his family had been at home waiting for him, unlike that poor man who he had scared nearly half to death.

This was not how he had wanted to celebrate Remembrance Day…

25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. willowdot21
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 22:49:06

    Such a brilliant story of a good deed gone bad . Great take Sis 💜💜💜💜

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Jennie
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 00:23:58

    Wow! This is a powerful and poignant story, Ritu.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Fourth Generation Farmgirl
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 00:11:22

    Creative story, Ritu.

    Liked by 1 person


  4. pranabaxom
    Nov 11, 2017 @ 22:29:32

    Great story.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Lisa Orchard
    Nov 11, 2017 @ 20:40:14

    Great story, Ritu. I like your style. 🙂 Keep writing!

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Erika Kind
    Nov 11, 2017 @ 11:49:24

    Sometimes we should rather leave it before a joke turns out as a big mistake. But sometimes you don’t mean it at all and you say something not even critical and it can hurt someone because you did not know their history. Sometimes it happens…

    Liked by 1 person


  7. shelleywilson72
    Nov 11, 2017 @ 10:06:14

    Very clever story, Ritu, and also very sad as it’s the kind of thing people do in this ridiculous day and age.

    Liked by 1 person


  8. OIKOS™-Redaktion
    Nov 11, 2017 @ 07:29:31


  9. Judy E Martin
    Nov 11, 2017 @ 07:24:36

    I like your original take on it, sis. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


  10. robbiesinspiration
    Nov 11, 2017 @ 05:26:11

    Oh dear, this highlights how people act without thinking.

    Liked by 1 person


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