Friday Fictioneers: A Sudden Flashback

Here is my take on this week’s Friday Fictioneers via Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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A Sudden Flashback

by Jim Kane ©


copyright Douglas M. Macilroy


“This is a wonderful house!” Linda exclaimed as she showed her father Ben through it.

Ben liked what he saw. A move in with Linda and Rick would be more palatable now. He did not want to live alone anymore.

“It even has some fish ponds in the back yard dad! You will have fun feeding them!”

Standing at the edge of the first pond, Ben forgot it was 1990. Instead in was 1945 in his backward rushing mind.

The koi smelled rotten and looked ghostly hideous as they floated in the trash filled water.



22 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: A Sudden Flashback

  1. A grim reminder that too often we forget what has gone before; yet some of us can never lose that thread to the past. Nicely told.

    1. True. My father was a Korean vet and I was told that he had recalls and flashbacks in the months that followed his return. I cannot recall him having such an episode but perhaps he did and my parents never told me.
      Thanks for stopping by



    1. 1945 was the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Ben was an American soldier who saw the aftermath of the bombing in his memory of a trashed pond of dead koi from the bomb blast when he saw the koi pond at the house he was being shown in 1990.

      1. Thanks for the explanation, Jim. I hate when I’m slow on the uptake, but it happens from time to time. 😉 I just reread it and the impact is much more powerful, knowing that. Nice work! Love writing these, but love reading them just as much!

    1. Thanks Rochelle. He could have been at either place, I suppose though I was thinking Hiroshima. I have had several veterans of WW2 and Korea tell me that the faces and sounds of battle are still fresh in their minds just about every day.


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