An Explosion at Harper’s Crossing…Friday Fictioneers.

Jack Cameron was standing on the bridge sweating blood, trying to decide whether to blow himself up, or the train. Alternatively, he could just head home for breakfast and go to work as usual.

This was his third attempt to get the job done, and he couldn’t be a terrorist without any terror. He had to take a stand. Make America great again. Get rid of Donald Trump. Harper’s Crossing was good enough for John Brown’s raid. He didn’t need to go to New York.

Yet, as he lit the fuse, he started to wonder whether anyone would join the dots…


100 words exactly.

This has been another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wishoff-Fields, where we write up to 100 words to a provided photo prompt. PHOTO PROMPT © Dawn M. Miller.

The features image this week was taken at Harper’s Crossing in Virginia where John Brown to initiated an armed slave revolt in 1859 by taking over a United States arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Brown’s party of 22[1] was defeated by a company of U.S. Marines, led by First Lieutenant Israel Greene.[3] Colonel Robert E. Lee was in overall command of the operation to retake the arsenal. Wikipaedia.

Best wishes,


30 thoughts on “An Explosion at Harper’s Crossing…Friday Fictioneers.

  1. Sandra

    Always a risk, whatever career you choose. Will anyone know what you were trying to achieve? That’s an original take on the prompt – well done.

  2. Iain Kelly

    A drastic solution, and perhaps one not fully thought through. Let’s hope this doesn’t become the only option left to make any real change in the world!

  3. granonine

    I’ve been to Harper’s Ferry. Such an unassuming little place to have such a huge position in our history. Well done, a story of frustration and wondering if it’s worth it all.

  4. Kestril Trueseeker

    He can’t be a terrorist without terror, it’s true. But I agree with Bjorn. He should have put little more thought was needed to assure people understood just what cause he was giving his life for, or it will all get lost in the middle of the explosion.

  5. Rowena Post author

    I live in Australia and on the surface of it, things are quite different here but we had another small terrorist attack in Melbourne recently.
    Somehow the little people need to be given more of a voice and our nations need to be more inclusive and democratic.
    Fortunately, these days we have the Internet and blogging where anyone can share their views. While this could also lead to the proliferation of the negative aspects like terrorism, racism etc, I tend to believe the good far outweighs the bad.

  6. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Tina. I hadn’t heard of him before I saw the prompt and I do try to work out where there photos were taken as context is important to me. I was thinking about bringing in John Brown’s ghost but it didn’t go that way. I also had memories of an old B & W movie where the damsel in distress ends up tied to the railroad tracks and rescued by the hero.

  7. Rowena Post author

    Yes, I totally agree, Iain. This terrorist was a few planks short of the pile but I guess there was also that fusion of the everyday and the ridiculous that happens in real life and it doesn’t take a lot of brain cells or money to blow something or someone up.
    Best wishes,

  8. Rowena Post author

    I have been battling our National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) more intensely over the last couple of weeks to rectify a funding injustice going back to February. The NDIS operates just like Donald Trump are are complete blockheads with no accountability.
    However, unlike my character here, I’ve been in communication with my local member and I’m hoping she might throw a figurative bomb under them and get them moving.
    Best wishes,

  9. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Brenda. I didn’t think of it as brave, so perhaps I’m as daft as my terrorist. I guess I wanted to place what we see what are perceived as extraordinary events back into their everyday context. That the terrorists and ourselves have these seemingly boring everyday routines but then something happens and there’s that irreversible moment. A previous work colleague of mine was a hostage in the Lindt Cafe Siege in Sydney and was held right to the end when Police raided and three people including the terrorist were killed. These hostages had just gone to have their morning hot chocolate before work. Just an ordinary day. That is chilling and it took a few years for me to go back to Martin Place. I don’t go into the city often and there were plenty of other places to go. It’s almost faded into the background now. LIfe’s gone on but I don’t think any of us who saw that footage on tv will ever forget.
    Best wishes,

  10. Rowena Post author

    Yes. There are a few cogs on the right tracks there and a few on the wrong side. I wonder if terrorists have that tension or whether they’re so consumed by their cause, they’ve lost perspective.
    Best wishes,

  11. Rowena Post author

    Yes, I agree. However, not all terrorists are created equal and this one probably should’ve stayed in bed.
    Best wishes,

  12. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Dale. I can’t either but I’ve known zealots in various social circles and while they haven’t used violence, they do crush people in other ways through their narrow minded and judgemental thinking.
    Best wishes,

  13. Brenda's Thoughts

    I’m so sorry to hear about your friend, the hostages will never be the same. A normal day turned into terror. I remember watching in horror the hostage situation on TV. We had just left Wollongong, to move back to Asia. Very sad!

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