Friday, March 14, 2014

Burning Bridges

Copyright – Adam Ickes
There were clouds on the horizon when my sister-in-law called to say that she was leaving.  My brother came back a hero, but found a different world from the one he had left behind.   He had served combat tours surrounded by deaths, witnessed injuries to multiple internal organs, bone fractures, burns and then some more.

Her?  She wept on a soldier's death or suicide; mourned at funerals and memorials.  Then he came back, still adoring her but hitting and screaming intensified. 


“We stand on the opposite sides”, she said, “with no other option than to burn the bridge and run.”

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Written for Friday Fictioneers. Word Count : 100

16 comments :

  1. A sad story and a tough stiuation for both side.

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    1. Yes war extracts casualties beyond the battlefield. Thanks for reading and commenting Lewis.

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  2. Sad when people change for the worse-one feels sorry for both-he for having survived a war and its trauma but for bringing back the emotional baggage into his marriage-she for having waited patiently,going through a living death everyday,praying for his safe return-for this day!Yes,best option is to burn the bridge and walk away.Great story Subroto :-)

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    1. Thanks Atreyee I am glad you liked it.

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  3. Dear Subroto,

    A good take from both sides of PTSD. How can a man go through that and not be changed?

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle. We know about it now but in the past many went through it without their symptoms being recognised or acknowledged.

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  4. War changes so much.. and burn way to many bridges..

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    1. And yet we don't learn. Thanks for reading and commenting Björn.

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  5. War what is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Love your story - good job! Nan

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    1. You are absolutely correct there. Thanks for reading Nan.

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  6. Good story but very sad. It's happened so many times and probably ruined a lot of marriages. Well done.

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    1. It's a hard situation to go through. Thanks for reading and commenting Patricia.

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  7. I was just watching a segment on soldiers and their families this week. Heartbreaking.

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    1. It is indeed. Thanks for reading Dawn.

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  8. a very realistic approach and well written. so many families have been uprooted and destroyed because of war traumas.

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    1. Thanks Sun. I am glad you liked it.

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