Stories tagged “battle”

  • Sky Blue Raincoats In Battle (Part Two)

    She is heading off to work today at some meaningless cubicle somewhere, wearing that raincoat for the first time since then. It’s raining hard, and she closes her apartment door gently, almost as if it is the closest thing to a loving parent that...

  • On Wings of Fire

    I felt the cockpit shudder as the sleek fighter broke the sound barrier. I never heard the sonic boom, as the rumble of the engines blocked out all noise. Below me is an open field, small specks of fire from muzzle flashes punctuated a seemingly peacef...

  • Soldier

    It’s strange when I look back at the war all these years after it ended. I joined the military just barely old enough, when it seemed like it was the right thing to do. God knows how much I regret that decision now. A mere six months of hell they...

  • Second Chancers - Ready, Steady, Go

    The great hall swept swiftly into action. All trappings of festivities and idleness were spirited away, replaced by the earnest practicalities of war. If the gods had indeed come, they would want to see what manner of men they were, and by all they hel...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • From A To B

    I find that simple is sometimes best, To get the message across. So instead of deciphering rhyme schemes, The meaning slips through like floss. Don’t count yourself out yet, that you can’t quite rhyme like me. If you were ever able to match my styl...

  • MC T.

    (MC T. snatches the mic from mid-air and climbs up on stage.) “Mc Mess and Muffin Talk tough but they’re bluffing— Straight blowing the mic When they’re huffing and puffing Put those air-heads on a spike And watch ‘em pop ...

  • Return of the Mack (MC T.)

    (MC T. exits the ladies room and buttons up his shirt. Muffled cries call out for him to come back. He gets back up on stage.) ‘Rorschach’ has the cadence of a sneeze Try to run another rhyme This seance severs your souls Achilles And you’ve got ...

  • Krulltar Shmulltar

    Krulltar is like a vulture But can’t hold down the rotten scraps He rips off of vulgar culture So he regurgitates them in raps. Game over We differ I’m better You’re bitter I’m the pull You’re the giver I’m in contro...

    • Author: Tad Winslow
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A Talk With ElshaHawk

    ElshaHawk, I don’t mean to ruffle feathers But we have to talk Ouch! keep your talons on the leather! My arm is not a chopping block! You clumsy flesh shredder! Where were we? Oh yes, your walking— That way you waddled about to back up your...

    • Author: Tad Winslow
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Maelstrom - Scars

    The young Sea Wolf whimpered as she wiped the alcohol-soaked rag across his wound. In the moment before the blood welled up again, she gauged its depth. Nasty, but not crippling – he’d hold a shield again, though not this year. She cut a le...

  • Pastry Puff McMuff

    Mc Muffin still wants lessons? I can sleepwalk his expressions Off the steep stocks of great depressions He needs my permission to cheap talk— His voice I keep locked in D-Block prisons With Elsha, Krulltar, and Mess All confined with their weak ...

    • Author: Tad Winslow
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Muffin Enjoys Jazzercise

    Dear Muffin (A.K.A. Pastry Puff McMuff), Jazz class? You obviously meant Jazzercise— You’re the tight clothes type who gets a rise From sweat rolling down the thighs of guys. Your words are grassy like cow pies They’re easily mowed do...

  • Joe Is Not Even Slightly Mighty On Da Mic

    Is Joe mighty? His flow politely goes Down nightly And rises with a brown nose, Unsightly, Wearing Elsha’s clothes— Joe is likely To sing solo’s In a satin nighty At “White Swallows” A bar in San Francisco’s District...

  • Fighting Fire With Fire

    Dense smoke floated heavily on the sea air while cannons barked and cannon balls whistled through the air. The calm of the sea was disproportionate to the battle that raged in it. Two ships faced off. One bore the flag of the East India Trading Company...

  • Shadows

    A soldier’s shadow Feels no pain Sliding over jagged gravel— Its black outline does not contain The fragile face from which it came The fragile face that’s in my aim Is mute and vague I cannot hear its screams It hasn’t lived or died ...

    • Author: Tad Winslow
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Open Warfare

    The rockets streaked across the battlefield leaving trails of twisting black smoke. The first landed short, blowing a hole in the ground that immediately started filling with brackish water. The second glanced across the turret of the tank and exploded...

  • Assuming Command

    Through bleary eyes the wall calendar and the paperwork on my desk alternated. The glint of morning sun through a hazy sky was sufficient to allow confirmation. Today was the day. Per the orders, fresh from command on my desk the ascension was complete...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted about 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Deep Space Bureaucracy

    Jaw set and eyes lit, the captain barked, “Confirm ident and get me ROE.” “Aye sir,” shot the sensors officer, “Gelwiern, TC Bravo, fire if fired upon.” The comms officer rolled his eyes, “In the butt crack of ...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted about 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Shadows of Revsar

    Fire danced around Eldarion as he struggled through the burning streets of Veldanar. Why now? How could he have faltered in his watch? The windward was gone! With it had died any hope of an end to this darkness. A whirling noise grabbed his attention, ...

  • Grim Company: Asymmetric Warfare I- Charge!

    “Turn back. Turn back. Turn Back! TURN BACK!” A chorus of harsh voices heralded the approaching riders rolling on top of the thundering hooves of their horses. Elein shouted into the oncoming noise, “We can’t do that! We mean yo...

  • Grim Company: Asymmetric Warfare II- Chaos!

    The twins engaged the fallen rider as it sprang to its feet. They danced together ebbing and flowing as naturally as the tide and spots of red began to appear with each strike they landed. Sahlina spun and pirouetted above the battle, lifted by invisib...

  • Grim Company: Asymmetric Warfare III- Danger!

    Of the nine horsemen, three were still mounted. Most of the others were unmoving lumps of dark cloth on the ground. Focusing on a single target, they wheeled their horses together and bore down on Elein. He looked around, eyes wild but there was nowher...

  • Surrender

    John steeled himself for battle. Just like any other war in which he’d fought, he knew in his heart that he was on the right side. The winning side. He was intimately familiar with this opponent, and he knew all of the tactics. He felt prepared, ...