12 noon

August 14, 1996

Army foundation college

Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Standing at attention, the young recruits listened with rapt attention to the training orders reeled out to them. His voice was loud, clear and his words precise, but they all knew i.e. both him and the recruits that many would fail at the task. The problem wasn’t so much in the difficulty of the task rather in their inability to retain every detail of the instruction under such intense conditions. 

He had no such issues, every instruction was filed away in a folder, sequentially saved and earmarked for execution at the given time. He wanted to impress his superiors, to inspire his colleagues perhaps cause some of them to envy him too. This was his time to lay an unshakable foundation.

As the training washed off the sandy layers of his colleagues purifying them for servitude to God and queen, it polished the brilliance of his revenge.

Not today, not tomorrow but soon in the distant future, he would turn their guns against them.

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In response to the writing challenge flash fiction for aspiring writers hosted by Priceless Joy click on the link to visit the blog. The photograph is from the lovely Louise @ The storyteller’s abode (interesting photo can’t wait to see all the stories it inspires) and the challenge is to write a 100 – 150 words (+/- 25 words) story inspired by it. Do click on the link for other stories. 

12 thoughts on “Polishing

  1. Good twist at the end, Chioma. It’s not a nice thought that people like him could be laying such careful plans for revenge. The mention of ‘sandy layers’ that wash off the recruits makes an Interesting link to the prompt photo.


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