This piece of flash fiction is related to a previous post of mine. Please read “Serenity” here: https://wordpress.com/post/61124841/470/
Sean: When I was little, and I saw those missiles, I was terrified. When I started to learn more and more about the war, I thought that the Empire was the worst government to ever exist. Worse than the Nazis, worse than the Soviet Union, and worse than North Korea.
Gunnar: Well, that’s the truth about them. Do you have something important to tell me?
Sean: Just listen to me, Dad, for once. When I enlisted in the armed forces to fight for the damaged United States of America, I thought that I was doing my country a great service. I was going to be a part of reclaiming freedoms and security. I was going to follow in your footsteps. As I fought on the frontlines and in secret operations, I learned a lot about both the Empire and the United States. I found out how we started the war.
Gunnar: The Empire deserved it. We expected to win. We underestimated them and their willingness to fight back, to sacrifice all they had.
Sean: You committed acts of terrorism and mass slaughter, just for their natural resources and land. You also wanted to display your power to the world, to prove that the U.S. was still a superpower.
Gunnar: And now what? What are you trying to say? Are you going to defy me and your country?
Sean: I intend to fight for the right side, the one that will ensure a better world in the end. I will side with the Empire.
Gunnar: Can’t you stop and think this through? You are making a stupid mistake! The U.S. is the home of the free, the Empire is not.
Sean: The U.S. hasn’t been the home of the free in years. We used to be the greatest country in the world, Dad. Open your eyes, this is not America. You want me to stay? Prove to me that the U.S. is the land of the free and the home of the brave. Prove to me that this is the greatest country in the world.