Flash Fridays – May 8th

For this weeks Flash! Friday we had to incorporate a lawyer as a main character in our story about the following prompt:

1943 crash landing on the USS Enterprise. PD photo by the US Department of Defense.
1943 crash landing on the USS Enterprise. PD photo by the US Department of Defense.

Conviction

The war caught everyone by surprise. I was used to fighting for a living, but my battleground was far more civilized. I was soon summoned for duty, with no hope of appeal.

Basic training lived up to it’s name. The other lads teased me, they thought I was soft. They didn’t understand that a courtroom is no place for the merciful.

We were quickly shipped to the front lines. My hands shook as my plane raced towards the end of the boat. I prepared to engage.

I quickly spotted the enemy. I paused, waiting to assess their opening arguments. Their volley took down three of our squadron. They had made their case. I answered with a salvo of my own, but I missed the mark. That happens sometimes. You just have to keep moving forwards.

I broke free, making myself an easy target. Never look strong, always appear vulnerable. When one came after me I turned the tables, switching to offense. I peppered him with a cross examination. Today there would be no pardon, no settlement. I wanted nothing less than the death sentence.

The verdict was made as the enemy’s defense crumbled. He tried to bail, to escape justice. I lined up his parachute in my sights. Motion denied.

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