Never Retreat, Never Surrender

Jackson Hammond achieved eminence after gallantly retrieving the nation’s flag on the battlefield and driving troops further North with a wild battle cry. It was on the eminence overlooking the Palmer River where he earned his notoriety – field cooks should never lead a charge after the commander orders the men to retreat.

Though few remember Hammond, a bronzed spatula stands on the corner of Gooseberry and Franklin as a reminder of his final act of bravery and stupidity. City planners had the last laugh, however, after they approved the building permit for a new McDonald’s on the same corner.

This 99-word story was inspired by the Flash Fiction Challenge at the Carrot Ranch.


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