The Stand

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The subsonic rumble of plasma warhead detonations rolled through the narrow passage, interrupting our hushed conversation while we waited for our bytehead to crack the blast doors open.

I gazed back, paying my last respects to the uncounted millions who had just perished in the cleansing light of subnuclear plasma detonations. They would be close behind us, I knew. Heart and head heavy, I motioned at two of my soldiers and directed them to the defensive barriers in front of the blast door as it ground open.

They took their positions without question, not a trace of hesitation. I passed them the last of our ammunition, not thinking about what I had just asked them to sacrifice. The doors closed, and I saluted the men I had left to die.

So many I had started with. So few were left. The passage stretched on, sloping downwards towards the last of the evacuation nodes.

It wasn’t long before the gunfire started.

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  1. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Hard choices for survival. Excellent writing, as always. :)

  2. Avatar Writearound

    Pinpoints that capacity some combat soldiers have to shelve real emotion while they just get the job done. Millions dead, two soldiers sent to their deaths and its just that need to keep going and secure the target. A heavy heart and a heavy head is about all that there is time for. Like the tone it really conveys that sense of emotional freezing point.

  3. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Very dark and grim and sci-fi-funsi-ness. I wasn’t quite sure how the people who just died would be after them? Or maybe the people launching or dropping the bombs? That was the only part I stumbled through, otherwise I really liked your narrator’s dark determination.