CaptureYour365 Photo Prompt: January 5 2017


I know I wasn’t supposed to smile. 

It was against the rules. 

The Japanese soldiers didn’t like it. 

Everything looked much the same as it always had… But something was different somehow. 

I was a prisoner now.

The normal, every day Japanese people stood around like everything was okay, but I knew from the looks on their faces that it wasn’t. They knew it too. They were good at pretending though. I wasn’t. I never had been. My facial expressions gave me away. But then, I was gaijin; an alien living in a country that wasn’t my own. I didn’t know how to act. I didn’t know what to say and when I did say something, it was always inappropriate. Sometimes I wondered why I was there at all. 

And then I remembered. 

My father. 

My Japanese father. 

No one would have suspected that I was haafu

I hated that word more than anything. 

Was I less of a person because one parent was white? 

Yes, this concentration camp was evidence of that. 

But I had smiled all the same.

And the solider who had smiled back at me… Yes he was one of my kind too. 

This was going to get interesting. 


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