Wounded Warrior

working-template-for-ff-challenges28.png The Carrot Ranch May 31, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about warrior women. It can be myth or everyday mothers and wives. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by June 5, 2018.                      This is what I responded with, but I have a feeling I may be back. This is a wonderful prompt. I know many strong Warrior Women, but feel for the girl children who yet have so many cultural and societal barriers to growing into their full selves and power.

 

Wounded Warrior

Not best friends, but reliable friends; neighbors, they had been playmates since forever, from sandbox to bikes, many shared adventures.

Together they had explored the haunted house, both emerging as warriors, both with bragging rights.

Together they’d built a secret fort.

That’s where they started exploring each other. The fort was theirs, this exploring was theirs, fun and friendly, another rite of passage shared.

He bragged. Somehow he knew he could. Somehow she knew she couldn’t admit even that she’d done it, let alone liked it.

Somehow the game had changed.

She wondered if he also missed their friendship.

9 thoughts on “Wounded Warrior

  1. You nailed the difference, just like he nailed her. He got the bragging rights, she the humiliation and self-doubt. Equal explorers, but his rights take precedence over hers. Yes, bring up those warrior women to take charge of their rights and live lives of their choosing without regret.

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