Friday, January 24, 2014

Quiet Man's Fear

Copyright - Bjorn Rudberg

Daffyd stood looking out over the fields and felt a mixture of apprehension and sadness for what was soon to come. While he most often kept to himself and avoided the wider world about him, the rumors of war were beyond avoidance.

Like many a man he grumbled at the taxes paid to some robed popinjay he’d likely never even see. Unlike them though, he would gladly part with his coin if it meant he were free of armed conflict and all that it entailed.

He’d known the bitter taste of battle before and prayed to never know it again.

This story was written for the weekly Friday Fictioneers flash fiction photo prompt. 


  1. Yes, he has known battle before and is wise to not want to go through that again. Wise man. I like the 'robed popinjay' he'd likely never even see. Good writing - well done. Nan

  2. To have to enter war again ... that must be the worst thing that could happen.

  3. Great impact, very insightful. Repeating past traumas IS a pain worse than in the first instance.

  4. Dear Jeffrey,

    Well done.



  5. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war

  6. It's even more terrible for the casualness with which you tell the story.


  7. True-any taxes paid to retain peace is bearable!Great piece:)