They had seen it written everywhere on the way home. It was written on the roadway, on sidewalks, on fences. It was spray painted onto an angry house cat.
“My god,” whispered Landon as they drove under a similarly decorated bridge. “Walter’s PTSD really sent him over the edge.”
“You think?” spat Melody. She held up the box of pies Walter had made before he died. The box had arrived on Memorial Day. One cherry, one vanilla creme, and one blueberry pie commemorated his patriotism in red, white, and blue. “I told him not to join the Marines. The military is for poor people, not for US.”
The MacWorty’s were old money. Walter MacWorty’s collection of gold doubloons highlighted part of the family fortune. Melody’s efforts to legally snatch them away from Walter failed over and over. His death after placing his service weapon in his mouth, had changed things. Melody stood to earn millions selling the doubloons.
Trouble was, they couldn’t find the collection.
“I know he’d lost his mind,” grumbled Melody. “He kept insisting the doubloons should be sold and the money distributed to families of veterans.” Melody scoffed. “As if they would know what to do with it! Money is best kept in the hands of those who understand it.”
“Are charities so bad?” asked Landon.
“Sweety!” scolded Melody. “I’m trying to keep our money. Tax shelters are better.”
“Well, at least we got those pies from Walter,” brightened Landon. “I’ll bet they’re tasty.”
Melody glared at Landon. “Screw the pies!” and she threw the food out the window as they passed an overpass.
Brighton Haines (formerly 12th Marine Regiment) had never quite recovered from events he witnessed in Afghanistan. Though his thoughts were often scattered, his eyesight remained sharp as ever. He saw the pies land on the roadway from his “home” beneath the overpass.
He thought the pies were expertly made and in fact, really tasty.
Even better, were gold doubloons he found inside.
Happy Memorial Day everyone!
Doubloons (Spanish gold coins): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doubloon
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posttraumatic_stress_disorder
12th Marine Regiment: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12th_Marine_Regiment_%28United_States%29
Written for weekly Sunday Photo Fiction challenge. Look here for the original prompt and a blue button linking to many more of this week’s stories: https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/sunday-photo-fiction-may-29th-2016/