Friday Fictioneers: Courage and Hope

copyright - Kent Bonham

copyright-Kent Bonham

 

“I don’t think I can do this.”

Felix stared at the ascending roadway. The walls closed in on him, and two women eyed him rather dubiously from afar.

Eric’s strong hands placed themselves on the small of his back and shoulder. “Yes, you can. I’m right here and won’t let you fall.”

Felix blew out a deep breath and set aside his crutches. He snatched the cane leaning next to him, taking the first step. Plastic and metal creaked as his prosthetic legs bore his full weight for the first time.

He stumbled, but Eric steadied him. “I’m with you.”

Word Count: 100

wounded_087_mac.jpg On the grounds of Walter Reed Army Hospital, Michael works with his physical therapist Robert Bahr, climbing hills in his new legs. Return to Walter Reed Medical Center for continued rehabilitation. American soldier Michael Buyas who lost both of his legs in an IED explosion while serving in Iraq. He returned home for a 30 day leave, the first time since the attack took place last December, to his home town of Orondo, Washington, before having to return to Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington DC, for continued rehabilitation from his injuries. 6/24/05 Washington, DC Michael Macor / San Francisco Chronicle Photo: Michael Macor

An American soldier climbing hills with his therapist as part of his rehabilitation.

Friday Fictioneers time again. This week’s photo prompt is the picture above the story of the ascending staircase/road. This one goes out to the wounded vets and the therapists that help them adjust to a new reality. I’m going to break from my norm and advocate visiting http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ along with Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple.

Friday Fictioneers is open to anyone, so follow the link and join in the fun!

Happy Reading and Writing!

J. Milburn

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15 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Courage and Hope

  1. Lovely, so touching! It’s very timely, as well. Nicely done.

  2. Awesome story! Great take on the prompt.

  3. Courage and hope indeed! Well done.

  4. Best one yet for this challenge IMHO.

    DJ

  5. Topical and a fitting tribute. Well done.

  6. Lovely story, and the perfect title for it.

  7. Coming so soon after Veterans Day, the timing of this story was perfect. Ron

  8. Damn. That brought a tear to my eye. Excellent story. We all need someone who won’t let us give up on ourselves.

  9. What a beautiful story of courage and hope-loved it:-)

  10. Wow, this was touching. That second photo really got me!

  11. A beautiful story, thanks for telling it.

  12. So emotionally evocative.

  13. Dear Jeremy,

    I love that a photo of a road inspired you to write this story. Well done. Bravo!

    shalom,

    Rochelle

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