Short Stories

Please enjoy the inspired short stories of Author Andrew Harkless.

The Last Rolling Rock

Does anyone ever really ask themselves the difficult questions like “Do I have prejudices, and if so, what are they?”

I had many preconceived opinions not based upon reason or actual experience, but I’ve found that if you ask yourself the difficult questions, the answers—no matter how painful they may be—just might free you to embrace the actual experiences you denied yourself without asking those questions.

Do you really believe we can possibly learn about and accept other people without knowing ourselves first?

Prejudice, in this man’s opinion, is the antithesis of growth and progress.

The Last Rolling Rock is a short story about the remembrance of an experience that eliminated the possibility of a prejudice.

     

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The Money Order

War-time isn’t always about war. Or is it? Like in life, everything is a negotiation or renegotiation.

I learned this from my father, a Vietnam vet who flew over 350 missions, qualifying him as an extremely rare breed of Marine Corp helicopter pilot. I am not going to share one of his blood-soaked, machine-gun riddled stories, but rather, the tale of a simple mail-run. This is a story passed from father to son, an anecdote with lessons explaining how and why even the most mundane things in life transpire.

Pay close attention to both the obvious and subtle things parents can teach their children. It’s the only way the mail will truly get delivered…

      

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