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The Price Of Freedom (2)
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TITLE (EDIT)
The Price Of Freedom (2)
DESCRIPTION
A short story.
[396 words]
AUTHOR
Richard Koss
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard Koss, other titles
[November 2001]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
[email protected]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (47)
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Asleep At Last (Poetry) A man in a hospital bed is having difficulty falling asleep, but he soon will... [152 words]
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The Price Of Freedom (2)
Richard Koss

The youth never knew his father. He could barely remember his mother and marching along with the rest of them, he thought to himself. How many years have my people been living like this? Toiling day after day merely to provide themselves with food, water and shelter – the bare necessities of life. Truly, they were enslaved by their birthright.

He looked around at the others, mostly older than himself. Was he the only one who ever thought of escaping from this boring and meaningless existence? There were no guards. There were no prison walls; nothing to stop him from running away. After thinking about this for several days, his mind was made up. He began to lag behind the others until he was near the end of the column. Unnoticed by anyone, he impulsively darted off the road into the brush and tall grass. After running non-stop for what seemed like an eternity, he finally collapsed from exhaustion and quickly fell asleep.

The bright afternoon sun woke him. He was well rested and the smell of food cooking lured him toward the edge of a clearing in the brush. Hidden in the grass, he peered out at the picnic blanket several yards from the bank of a rippling stream. Two girls and a young man were laughing and sitting on the edge of the bank with their feet splashing in the water.

There was a grill with hot dogs and hamburgers smoking not far from the blanket. But it was the smell of the chocolate cake just sitting there on a plate in the corner of the blanket which made his mouth water and his stomach growl.

The impulsive youth was unable to control his hunger pangs. He crept toward the blanket, keeping an eye on the three of them sitting on the bank. He finally got to his target and wasted no time in gorging himself on the chocolate cake and white sugary frosting.

Totally lost in his feast, he never heard the fourth member of the party creep up behind him. The huge man surprised the youth with a blow so fierce, it ended his life and his brief taste of freedom. The whack was so loud it startled the other three who turned toward the blanket. With the stained and rolled up newspaper in his hand, the man smiled at them. “God damned ants!”

 

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October 2007
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