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Summertime Fun-Flash Fiction

I am finding that flash fiction is really fun to write, hopefully you will enjoy my story.

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Jerry woke up and looked around in a daze, then remembered. He was in prison and waiting to be executed for a crime he didn't commit.

His mind returns to the horrible day it all began.

His best friend Joe and he were riding their bikes, and were on their way to the river to smoke cigarettes and swim the day away. They finished off the pack and started home. On the way they noticed a good looking girl walking down the old dusty road. They stopped and said, " Climb aboard " completely surprised, she answered " Ok " and got on Jerry's bike. they rode into town and stopped at the only café in town. They all ordered a coke from the serving window and began to get acquainted. She told them her name was Virginia and she was in town visiting her aunt Mary who lived in the mansion on the hill, her mother was on a cruise to Mexico. She was sixteen, Jerry and Joe were both nineteen and seriously thinking about joining the marines. They explained that they wanted to see the world, and this one-horse-town had nothing to offer except a factory that made plastic billfolds at a minimum wage, Virginia asked them if they had ever smoked pot both said " no " She asked them if they would like to try it. They didn't want her to think they were hicks, so they answered, " Sure, why not?" They got back on their bikes and went back to the river, and tasted pot for the first time. They both liked the taste and the high feeling, plus, it made them all feel sexy. Jerry had a blanket roll on his bike, They spread it out in behind some trees. They all had sex. Virginia was more than willing to participate.

They stayed until dark, then rode back to town.

Virginia was still higher than a kite, when she got off the bike she fell striking the back of her head on a large rock. They noticed a steady blood stream on the ground, they panicked and ran.

A woman saw the girl on the ground and the two boys riding away fast, She quickly called the police and ambulance, Virginia was dead on arrival at the hospital.

The rest is history, Both boys were charged with first degree murder and sentenced to die.

It has been three years, the last appeal was denied. The execution was scheduled for midnight tonight,

As they were being taken to the death chamber, they passed each other and each saluted, remembering the impossible dreams that would never happen. The marines were their way out to see the world.

Jerry and joe were black Americans and Virginia was a rich ivory white girl who was just looking for some fun on a lazy summer day.


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Comments

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on March 07, 2020:

Hi Hari, I wanted this story to highlight the plight of the black people, so many times they are presumed guilty because of color. Thank you.

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on March 06, 2020:

Quite a slick story. You have really kept the reader hooked to the action right from beginning, and the story ends with a twist that imparts a lesson for a life time.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on March 05, 2020:

Hello Lorna, happy to meet you. I agree with your comment. The kids were just out to have a good time. Thanks for visiting my page.

Lorna from USA on March 04, 2020:

What a sad story. This is a good reminder to all teens not to do things that can harm them and stay away from temptations.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on March 03, 2020:

Hi Chris, What inspired this story, A girl was found on the steps of the college where she attended, she had been stabbed 15 times. There were no witnesses. Two black boys were charged, one was 13 and the other 14 and they were going to be charged as adults. Racism is not dead, just undercover. I read your story and left a comment. Thank you for reading and commenting.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on March 02, 2020:

Ruby, marvelous story. I saw it coming, but did not want to accept it. So sad. What I did not see was the racial part. I want to point you to a story I have posted on another site. I think, after you read the entire historical fiction story, you will be amazed. This happened in my home town. I don't want to take away from your story. You have done well here. Link: https://www.creativeexiles.com/2016/06/hanging-tre...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 28, 2020:

Thank you Eddy, so good to see you on my page.

Eiddwen from Wales on February 28, 2020:

A sad story indeed Ruby and sadly probably more common that we realise. Great read and thank you for sharing.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 26, 2020:

Hello Nell, I'm happy it was a surprise ending for you. Thank you for the happy BD wish.

Nell Rose from England on February 26, 2020:

Just popped back to wish you a Happy Birthday Ruby!

Nell Rose from England on February 26, 2020:

I didn't see the ending coming. Yes they should have joined the Marines, and it is something that used to happen that way, didn't it? Great story!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 26, 2020:

Hi Shauna. I wish they had joined the marines, but boys will be boys, black or white. I was inspired to write this because of a case in Evansville, In. Two boys were charged with a girl's murder, The boys age are 13 and 14. They will be charged as adults. There were no witnesses, she was found on the steps at her college. I'm not sure if they found DNA or what. Thanks for coming to read this sad piece.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 25, 2020:

Hi Manatita, You always have a special saying, like she can come back as an angel. I like that. Thank you my poet friend.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 25, 2020:

Hi Mar. I thought a long while before ' going there ' We had a case in Evansville, IN, just 50 miles from me. Two black boys were charged as adults for murder, one was 13 the other 14. There were no witnesses, she was found on the steps at her college. She had been stabbed 15 times. Thanks for always coming to read my stories.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 25, 2020:

Hi William. Thank you for the kind comment. I love to write flash fiction.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on February 24, 2020:

Ruby, unfortunately, this sort of thing happens more than we think. It's sad, but true.

These poor boys should have joined the marines, rather than risk the consequences of picking up a rich white girl. I'm sure they're thinking the same thing.

manatita44 from london on February 24, 2020:

Have a Part 2. She can then return as an Angel and save their lives.

Quite scary how any next moment can be filled with colour

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on February 23, 2020:

A sobering story that happens way too often in today's world, dear Ruby. Thanks for not being afraid to "go there".

Have a peaceful evening. Love, mar

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on February 23, 2020:

Another great one, Ruby. And point well taken. You do a wonderful job with flash fiction.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 20, 2020:

Hello Donna. I'm afraid you are correct. We live in a world that sees color. Have we forgotten that God made different colors? Thank you for coming to read this sad piece.

Donna Rayne from Greenwood, In on February 20, 2020:

Oh, Ms. Ruby, this is such a sad story but the realism comes to affect and sadly, this is the world in which we live. Very good write!

Blessing,

Donna Rayne

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 20, 2020:

Hello Devika. Africa is a good example. I know the black people were there first, yet their land is being taken. It is difficult for me to understand. Thank you much.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 20, 2020:

Hi Peggy. I agree. I live in a small town 50 miles from a large city, Evansville, In. Similar stories are on the nightly news. We have come a long way, but we still have much to do in treating all races equally. Thanks so much.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 20, 2020:

Eric, I knew what you meant, not to worry, be happy. Thank you.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 20, 2020:

Hi Bill. It was on the news last night, they charged two black boys for murder, one was 14 and one was 13, and they were charging them as adults. The white girl was a collage student, she was stabbed 15 times. The boys denied doing it. There were no eye witness. She was found on the steps of the school.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 20, 2020:

Hi Ruby growing up in a racist country South Africa it makes me wonder how people think this way. You made a good ending and it is terrible of how the community reacted to the telling the truth.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 20, 2020:

Eric, it is horrible that the boys were too afraid to tell the police what really happened. In a small Southern town, it's difficult to stand up and be truthful if you're black. Thank you.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 20, 2020:

This may be fiction, but this type of scenario happens all too often today. Your story is a good one, Ruby! Too bad the boys did not get to live out their dreams.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 20, 2020:

Oops I did not mean the writing, just the scary probability of it being true.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 20, 2020:

Hello John. You know me, I like happy endings, but racism is not dead. I live in a small town and a black person is not treated as well as they should be. Thank you for thinking my story was a good piece of writing.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 20, 2020:

Hello Pamela. I can understand why the two boys didn't stick around, they were black and the girl was white. If you are black in the South, you are found guilty, I think it is getting better, but racism still exists. Thanks for coming to read my story.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 20, 2020:

Hello Jason. I laughed reading your comment, yes, helmets would have saved the day. Thank you.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 20, 2020:

Any scenario where two blacks are fleeing an accident scene will not turn out well. This may be flash fiction, but the reality of it is on the news nightly. Well done my friend.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 20, 2020:

Horrible. I will not get this out of my head for some time.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on February 19, 2020:

Aww this was a sad and unfortunate ending. Some teenagers just looking for a little carefree fun, and look how easily things can go wrong. A good piece of writing, Ruby.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 19, 2020:

I think this still happens too often. This is a good story but the men should not have been charged with murder even though they should have called 911 to explain what happens. Good story, Ruby.

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on February 19, 2020:

Bum rap. Poor Jerry and Joe. They sure got "screwed" when they met Virginia. Haha. It doesn't seem worth dying for. If only they had helmets. Great story Ruby.