I stare out across the water at the skyscrapers lining the horizon. The sky is grey, echoing my feelings. What have we done? I don’t know whether to be proud anymore, or whether I should have regrets. Was this the right thing to do?

We parted ways immediately, not acknowledging one another. Procedure, we both knew. I shake my head, watching the buildings. I have to see it, have to watch what we have done.

And then it happens. From across the water, a loud blast reaches my ears. Was this the right thing, I wonder again, as I watch one of the government buildings explode.

© 2016

FFfAW, Week of 05-31-2016

Photo prompt provided by Barbara Taylor

14 responses to “Doubts”

  1. Uhm, yeah, maybe next time listen to those doubts. Well done – never pleasant to try to get inside the head of a terrorist.

    1. He definitely should have listened to his doubts – BEFORE blowing up the building. Thank you! It’s certainly not a very pleasant place to be…

  2. I have to agree with trentpmcd. Hopefully, this person (as it seems he is) is feeling trepidation! Great story!

    1. I hope so too! Though, for obvious reasons, I would have preferred if he had doubted himself before carrying out the bombing. Thank you 🙂

  3. Too bad there weren’t any second thoughts Before the deed was carried out! Wonderful job on this.

    1. Too bad indeed! Thank you 🙂

  4. Nice piece, some might say brave subject matter, but its the best story i have seen using that pic.

    1. Thank you – I feel very honoured! 🙂 It’s certainly brave subject matter, and I wish his doubts would have kicked in before he had carried out the bombing, enough to stop him from doing so.

  5. Two wrongs never make a right. No matter what the government was guilty of, you can’t kill a whole bunch of innocent people, as that makes you no better than your adversary…. A time of reflection for all sides though, as a person doesn’t wake up one day and decide to blow a building. Injustice usually breeds violence, which can never be justified but can be pondered over to stop these acts from spreading. Great story! ☺

    1. The government may be unjust, but that by no means justifies the violent actions carried out. I fully agree with you that two wrongs never make a right. Thank you for the comment and for reading! I’m glad you liked the story, though it’s a tough subject 🙂

  6. For the fact that he is having second thoughts then that action was plain wrong. Destroying others is never right.

    1. Definitely agree with you on that! Thanks for reading 🙂

  7. Wow. The right thing. He should have questioned that more for his thinking had vast implications which effected many people. I think we know the right thing often, we just choose not to listen to our conscience. Well done Felicia.

    1. Perhaps we do, or perhaps we only realise in the aftermath, what the consequences are for other people. Either way, he should have listened to his doubts beforehand! Thank you 🙂

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