This flash fiction (about two soldiers who find their own way to cope by betting against war) was a submission to the Boxing with Pencils  challenge which requires that all stories are 100 words or less and must include 3 specific words. 
This week’s words: 
Orange, Cake, Dollar

Betting Against War


The sun blisters the sky into fragments of orange and red as I wait. My fingers drum against my leg. Sweat slides down my back. 

A twig snaps as Kat, caked in mud, emerges from the woods with a wry grin.

“One more minute and you would have owed me that dollar.” Then, I can’t help it, “I’m glad you’re safe.”

“I know.” Kate steps forward to pull me close. 

My fears slide away with a shudder. I bury my face into my wife’s muddy coat.


The bets make war feel like a gameā€¦ but, we’re never fooled.



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