OK, so I have an idea for a short story and it's the first short, depressing story I've written. Basically, it involves a man who meets a girl who he instantly falls in love with. Unfortunately, days after they meet, a civil war begins brewing in the country and their families are on different sides. The man, finding that his side plans on bombing near the girls family, asks her to run away with him. She agrees, but later fears her family is in danger. They decide to run back to find information on when the bombing is to give her family information so they can escape. Unfortunately, in the time that they've been gone, the army the man's family is in has been searching for him. They catch him and execute his girlfriend. His family, having high power in the army, manage to get him off the death sentence by saying it was all her fault. He later returns to the field where the two first met and commits suicide. Now, I know this sounds a bit strange. I plan on writing it in flashbacks. Starting with him at the field, about to commit suicide and reflecting back on his feelings the moment the girlfriend was shot. He then reflects on how they first met and it goes in chronological order from there. Finally, the story ends with the line it began with: "A gunshot, and it was all over." So, I've got a few problems I'm thinking of right now, but the main one is that I'm not sure how to right it. I've never written a depressing, reflective piece before, and I'm not sure how to start it and make transitions from one flashback to another. I'm not very experienced with first person either. Well, anyway, thanks for reading and I'd appreciate any help!