Monday, January 5, 2009

Drabble: Aftermath


“I understand,” said the President, just loud enough for General MacDonald to hear. He knew MacDonald understood too, which is why he’d volunteered for the execution detail. Better than most anyone else present that day, MacDonald understood that President Greene had, with his decision, saved the world. If the invasion had played its course, there would have been nothing left to protect.

But one didn’t drop a nuke on a US city without paying a price.

“Blindfold, Mr. President?”

“It’s a beautiful day,” said Greene. “I’ll face it with my eyes open.”

“Yes, sir,” said MacDonald, tears in his eyes.

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