When I first saw the photo prompt last week, my immediate thought was of Hiroshima. I’m not sure why, but it nagged at me for days. However, I was really busy, and wanted to write something “happy,” to counter my dark mood. But even after I wrote my happy story, Hiroshima stuck with me.
I wrote this in minutes, and then Googled Hiroshima. There was the story of Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk, the last remaining airman of the Hiroshima mission, who died this past Wednesday, at the age of 93. He died one week to the day, before the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, on August 6, 1945. I went back and added his name and his description* of that day. There are many who feel that the horrific events of August 6 and 9th (Hiroshima and Nagasaki), were singularly responsible for ending WWII. I hope y’all don’t mind my dual entry.
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The End (100 words)
“Do you think it’s the right thing to do Sir?”
“Son, I try not to think too much; bigger men than us make those decisions. This is our mission, and I’ll sleep fine tonight, knowing I did my job.”
“Yes, Sir. ” Crewman VanKirk remained quiet, double checking coordinates.
As their payload disappeared, the powerful plane shook, and for an instant he feared something had been sheered off.
“Oh my God. There’s nothing left.” He whispered to the universe.
“Let’s hope this ends the war, men!” The pilot called.
Below them, Hiroshima dissolved into a pot of black, boiling tar.*
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