Borne of Personal Strife
Borne of Personal Strife is a trio of flash fiction stories that focus on conflict, both within and without, through the eyes of two characters on opposite sides of the world, both in times of great struggle. More
Downed in a Storm and The Paper Package focus on the misadventures of World War II Royal Army corporal Llewellyn Baines. In Downed in a Storm, After being shot down over Japanese-Occupied Thailand, Baines finds himself wandering through the dense jungle in the middle of a heavy rainstorm. After being found by an army truck driver and driven back to camp, he finds himself reassigned to an infantry unit in The Paper Package. In The Paper Package, it is Christmas Eve, some months after being shot down and reassigned, and Baines has been sent a package. His sleep is troubled as he has an internal fight between his greedy and prideful devil and his patient and insistent angel, both sides arguing over whether or not to open the package he had received from home.
Their True Colors is a flash fiction focusing on a confrontation between two mobsters, whose names are not given, but wearing colors and groomed differently to show something of a duality and polarity between them. Western-style, the two draw their pistols and shoot each other, and die by each other's hands, with a vague indication that one goes to heaven, and the other to hell.