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Hello everyone! Hope the weekend was good and the week ahead is even better.

Sharing another flash fiction piece with you. Published by Gobblers/Masticadores.

A big thanks to Mr. Juan Re Crivello for this opportunity.

Please click the blue link to read the whole story. It’s a tale of guilt and regret. Hope you enjoy it!

A coward can never be a hero. I am that coward. They carried me home upon their shoulders. If only they knew the truth. But a dead man cannot speak, and I would never reveal what really happened. Asim’s burial was quick. Nothing much was left of him. His aged mother shed ample […]

Cowards Don’t Die by Terveen Gill — Gobblers / Masticadores

28 Comments on “Cowards Don’t Die by Terveen Gill — Gobblers / Masticadores

  1. Wow! Did you ever make that look easy! Well done.

  2. A lot of people would say they would have handled it differently. It was a choice in the heat of battle. Just one choice.

    Incredibly heartbreaking, but it was a great story!

    • It was definitely a split-second decision. Had to take it. The repercussions and afterthoughts linger on afterwards.
      Thank you so much! 🙂

  3. You did a great job. The opening was intriguing and my heart got a momentary cut from the last paragraph. Numbed by cowardice, he does the unthinkable. The grenade hardly misses a target, a cowards rifle might. Asim doesn’t deserve to die. Again, well written.😊

    • Thank you so much, Florence.
      I suppose most soldiers are trained, physically and mentally, to fight. But basic natures can only be influenced to a certain degree. It’s unfortunate how some lives are lost by the indecisiveness of others. Combat doesn’t give the time to think and then act. It’s supposed to be a spontaneous and conditioned reaction.
      I appreciate your thoughts on this. 🙂

  4. Actually I have often wondered how I would behave if I was sent to the front line as a soldier. I am probably going to be a coward. I don’t feel like fighting, let alone killing people. And the world has already too many fights that I can’t escape quick enough.

    • War has always been a bittersweet story. So many lives lost in the name of power and freedom. But then, living in oppression is not acceptable. Soldiers are at the front of it.
      I can understand what you mean about the daily battles we fight and survive. Makes a person very tired.
      Thank you for your wonderful thoughts. They inspire me to think deeper and write even more. 🙂

  5. I read the full article on the other site and I’m impressed by your simplicity and economy of words. Being accessible is something many writers don’t consider important, but I felt you. Your style is elegantly straight forward.

    I was afraid with and for the cowardly soldier, and Asim was so steady I wanted to hide behind him.

    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I really appreciate it. 🙂
      I feel writing is a creative craft that should be accessible to every interested reader, hence the writer behind the words cannot afford to be aloof.
      Yes, Asim and the narrator are two sides of the same coin. It was the flip and fall that decided their fates.
      Thank you once again.

  6. What a situation the one left to live have to deal with! I can’t help but feel for the one living but not able to be living.

    • It’s a dilemma without suitable resolution. One goes on but so much is lost in guilt and regret.
      Thank you so much for feeling this. 🙂

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