Fast Food Warfare

Fast Food Warfare. Thanks to the editors at The Drabble.


By S. S. Hicks

He stood in line, weighing his choices: double burger and fries, or the six-piece chicken combo.

Behind the pre-lit menu above him, he tries not to notice the dead bulb between Combo #3 and Combo #4, tries not to remember the drones he flew two hours prior, bombing a village he hadn’t heard of, checking off a list of marked buildings, turning off his screen of options, grabbing his jacket, hitting the sidewalk, opening the door to this chain restaurant where he hears the woman in front of him say to her little girl, “What would you like, my sweetheart?”

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9 thoughts on “Fast Food Warfare

  1. Don Royster

    You could also call this one “War Without a Conscience”. This made me stop, shake my head, and want to cry. It’s sad. Really really sad that this may actually be happening. If you haven’t seen “Eye in the Sky”, you should.

    1. Desert Dweller

      I wrote this waiting in the car, listening to NPR talk about the effects of PTSD on drone pilots. There appears to be some distance between the warrior and his/her target, but it’s a short distance between war and our conscience or sub-conscience. Any way you cut it, war is hell, and it comes back to haunt us.

  2. Debbie

    We all gotta eat, right?! Still, this one gives me pause to offer a prayer of gratitude for the freedoms we have, thanks to the selfless service of others. Well done, DD!

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