By Ami (Gypsie) Offenbacher-Ferris

Word prompt submitted by Bartholomew Barker


Three neighbors sat on their front stoops discussing the what if’s in life. Naturally, the unprovoked war in the Ukraine was the main topic of discussion.

The neighbor living the farthest away from the other two and closer to the aggressor, advocated for a swift and immediate attack by our armed forces to protect everyone before the war-monger stepped foot on USA soil.

But the second house, the one in the middle, said the USA needed to ignore any and all things happening away from our borders, to save lives and money and if we didn’t bother them, they wouldn’t bother us and we could exist in peace.

Lastly, the third house was totally against any type of rebellion or attack. This fellow said the USA should just roll over, belly-up and give in to Russia because we were all going to be Russians soon enough, so why waste our young men’s lives in a loosing battle.

Soon the three were arguing and bickering among themselves, blind to what was happening around them. Quietly, without fanfare, ado or even more bloodshed, the aggressor slid in and took what they had always been wanting. The USA.

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