“They weren’t enemies, Lenny. Just boys, like you and me. Scared. Homesick.”

“I’m just glad you made it back safe and sound.”

“Safe, maybe. Sound, no. Can’t sleep. Can barely function.”

The two friends toss pebbles into the pond, remembering.

“Dad used to line up tin cans for rifle practice, teaching me to ‘be a man’. Now he’s so proud.”

“My father’s humiliated, ashamed.”

“I wish I’d had your courage, refused to go. I’d gladly trade this for a white feather.” Mike opens his clenched fist, throws something into the black water.

The shiny medal sinks like a dead weight.

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Lisa Dykes
Lisa Dykes(@lisa-dykes)
8 days ago

Hi Julie, well done. What a great story.

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
8 days ago

So Mike thinks that his friend the conchie was the hero in refusing to go to war.

Deborah Goulding
Deborah Goulding(@deborah-goulding)
7 days ago

Julie, this story represents different feelings towards a controversial subject -“war.” I respect other people’s ‘views’ in life. Well written!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
14 hours ago

Short but it draws me to feel a different feeling. Well done, Julie.

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