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.
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.