The Angry Veteran

Her granny raised her after her mother’s death.

She resented her father. He was a bitter alcoholic who’d spend his evenings in the porch drinking and cussing people.

On Independence Day, she went with him to the Coffman Park to see the fireworks. It was a family ritual of sorts and she hated it.

While she was watching the fireworks someone in the crowd groped her. Suddenly, a hairy hand appeared and snapped the wrist of the pervert.

The veteran had lost his legs in the war but, his hands were still strong enough to protect his daughter.


Written for Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

All rights reserved to or Piyali Roy Bhowmick


39 thoughts on “The Angry Veteran

    1. In an ideal world, both. A daughter needs love and protection from her father because he is the first man she learns to trust in her life and this trust sets the foundation for all her future relationships. However, while writing this story, I pictured the father as a lonely old man who was carrying a lot of burden from his past. The horrific memories of war haunted him and loss of limbs made him bitter. His wife’s demise added to his woes. So yes, he neglected his primary duty as a father but given his difficult past, the daughter should be able to look past all his imperfections as a parent. After all, he was just a flawed human being like most of us 😊

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