Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Winning Story – “Silent Echoes”

Here is my winning story and the potential links to the announcement –

Silent Echoes
by Dick C. Waters

I came here as a kid. Then I brought you here for years. Now, as I look at the remnants of the carnival gates, I wish I could hear your laughter once more.

Maybe I should have brought you up differently…but I didn’t. You were the ‘All-American’ kid. Everyone loved you.

Sitting on this cold and rusty bench, looking at the façade, I wish I could hear your laughter just once more. I couldn’t hold my emotions back any longer and people were starting to stare…I don’t care anymore…I miss you with all my heart.

This is where we had words that day.

I wonder what you would be like if I had brought you up differently. But, no such luck. I can’t hate myself for bringing you up right, but I miss you so much.

I tried to reason with you that fateful day, but you learned your lessons well, and echoed my words back at me. ‘I need to do what’s right; I owe it to myself, my country, to God, but most of all, to you.’

Oh, how I wish I said things differently.

You joined the Marines. ‘Nothing less for you.’ You went to that hell hole and you made a difference. You saved your buddies. You’re a hero.

So, why do I feel so bad? I listened, straining to hear even the echo of your laughter.

Why did I come here? I really wish I could hear you, and your son laughing.

Indies Unlimited Winning Announcement Aug 31, 2012

http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2012/08/31/congrats-to-flash-fiction-winner-dick-waters/

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About Dick C Waters

Five published novels in the Scott Tucker series, and one short-story anthology. One romance novel published under Dixie Waters. Born in Boston Massachusetts Attended NorthEastern University Now Retired - Forty Plus Years in Computer Manufacturing/Distribution Former Real Estate Broker - MA Former PMI Certified Project Manager Several Director Level Positions Enjoy Reading and Writing
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