War & Peace

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(Photo Credit: Rick Spaulding)

It was not often that Joanne took Ashita along, to her work place. In fact, according to nine-year-old Ashita, the frequency of her visiting her mother’s office was even rarer than the appearance of Haley’s comet! Today was one such occasion. The clinic administering the TDAP vaccine had no time slot other than from 9.30 – 10.00. Joanne had no choice but to bring her effervescent daughter along.

The moment Ashita set her eyes on Joanne’s desk she let out a squeal of uninhibited delight. “Mom, my four Musketeers!”

“Shhhhh!!! Silence! This is an office”, Joanne’s tone had a steely determination to it.

Chastised by her Mum, Ashita kept silent and took her place on a chair right across Joanne. Unable to stifle her curiosity she slowly got up and approached the mission statement the bottom half of which was slightly obscured by the four Musketeers.

“Are veterans those who have come back from Vietnam?” Ashita whispered.

“Not just Vietnam my love.”

“Why do people kill each other? Why should there be wars?”

“Alas, only nine year olds seem to be asking these questions my dear. Now allow Mummy to work”. Drawing a deep breath, Joanne got about her work.

(Word Count: 199)

Written as part of Sunday Photo Fiction. Write a story of around 200 words based on the photo prompt given (above). Hosted by Susan Spaulding. For more details, visit HERE.

To read more of the stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE

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