The Conquered Few

Avatar Author: Abby (LoA) Gonna miss you guys so much. My 'official/professional' email is: in case anyone wants to keep in touch! Read Bio

There are three simple facts that you should know about this world.

1)There is no such thing as good.

2)Somewhere in every living, breathing soul lies a corner of perfect darkness.

3)In between order and chaos is a grey area where there are no rules.

Ewan forced the book shut and let it slide from his fingertips, the last few stereotypical lines pushing the corner of his mouth upwards into a cruel, lopsided smile. He liked reading about love.

Possibly he enjoyed waving goodbye to the very last shadow of it. Or, much in the way archaeologists take excitement from a lost civilisation and zoologists treasure an extinct animal’s bones, he liked the knowledge that some sort of memorial was in place.

The whole world knew that love was very much deceased but no one had quite found the time to bury its limp corpse.

War, on the other hand, was well alive. And what a horrific, beautiful life it was living!

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  1. Avatar Abby (LoA)

    Because apparently I’ve been writing too much personal poetry and too little fiction. Guilty as charged =S … attempting a new series – I swear I’ll keep the parts of this one nice and short xx

  2. Avatar ipe

    Glad to see some new fiction from you :). I really want to get into the poetry, but I have never had the patience for it. Looking forward to more!

  3. Avatar Abby (LoA)

    Thanks mate. I think poetry is difficult when you think about it. It’s almost a stream of consciousness – heart to paper without consulting your brain. It’s hardest to write when you actually want to write it. Pretend that you’re ignoring it and it’ll creep up on you and surprise you with inspiration. x

  4. Avatar boxofun

    What a dark Ewan! I like how you manage to make him sound so jaded and cruel.

  5. Avatar meep

    I love this. Ewan would make an extremely interesting narrative in a short story/novel.

  6. Avatar airborne

    Poetic prose! Metaphors, rhythm and diction are great, coupled with imagery makes a fantastic piece. The format is unusual but definitely suits the piece.

  7. Avatar Mighty-Joe Young (A.K.A Strong Coffee)(LoA)

    Yeah ab you really shine in this story.This sounds like a voice over for a movie a would love to see.

  8. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Very dark. If only he knew that even the most hardened men at war long for love. Nice start. I’m not sure where it’s going, but that’s okay.

  9. Avatar neil kant

    Beautiful imagery and concepts with the archaeologists and zoologists… It was dark, and the protag is cool, but I was hoping to see some irony too, no big deal of course what do I know?