Stories tagged “soldier”

  • Well of Endless Sorrow

    The well’s weathered rock, crumbling mortar and sickly-green moss that extended down into the earth had seen the passage of over 250 years. No one knew how deep it was or even who dug it. It had simply always been there, even mentioned in Jackvil...

    • Author: Stoner
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • White Christmas

    Look at it this way, men. True, we may be stuck on a godforsaken ball of ice half a million light-years from home, where we’ve spent the last three months fighting an enemy that only gets stronger as our guys fall, and now our promised extraction...

  • Excerpt of a soldier's walk

    His weapon seems oddly light on his back. he knows how much it weighs, but to him it feels as light as a father. he reaches behind him to touch it, as if to make sure it is still there. He looks up, into the night. He doesn’t see the land before ...

    • Author: IndieWinter
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • No Superhero

    I am no superhero. Just a common man. I came all the way over here not for you… not for me. They told me to. I didn’t exactly volunteer. They told me I could go to two different places. Jail or here. I chose here. More sunlight here. A lot more. I ...

    • Author: Beastie
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • I am Going Home

    I stare at the picture that I know so well. It shows the family I left behind to serve my country. My wife is holding my son with the smile that stops my heart. I am in uniform but still managing to smile as I pose for the picture. The smile that used ...

  • S. O. S.!! (save our stories)

    Mikey kissed me under the slide at recess. S. O. S. (save our souls) The boy I’ve had a crush on since 7th grade asked me to the prom. S. O. S.!! (save our secrets) I got transferred to that new job and my new boss is drop dead georgous. S. O. S....

  • Carnage [Out Of Your Genre] (Mature)

    He slashed at the man’s trachea with his two-handed blade, and the metal ripped through the tan skin like a knife piercing a peach, the juices running down the skin. As the man fell behind him, the soldier pounced at two more of the men in the ar...

  • Fifty

    Jake gripped his stomach tightly again as a fresh wave of pain rushed through his abdomen. He allowed himself another cautioned glance down to see the extent of the damage the explosion had caused. From his gut down past his legs he was coated in his t...

  • 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...

  • Hero in his own mind

    “This is it, this is what I have been waiting for.” Bobby exhaled long and hard and stared down the bay doors that separated him from glory. His palms were slick with sweat and he was tapping both feet on the ground in double time, full of ...

    • Author: Foolhearted
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • 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
  • Valmara (Mature)

    A Valmara 69 landmine, after being tripped, will launch itself to a height of 45 centimeters and, upon reaching this height, explode, sending approximately 1,000 pre-cut steel fragments flying out in a lethal radius of 25 meters. On June 16th, in an is...

  • Red Planet

    Ominous impacts reverberated quietly throughout the shelter like far away thunder on far away earth. Red sand fell through holes in the ceiling as if the shelter was at the center of a gigantic hourglass. Red dust covered everything in sight. A man lay...

  • Control Room and a Sad State of Affairs

    Looking down at his chest, Anderson muttered a soft curse and moved towards the door. As he began to fumble with the controls, a genderless voice welcomed him back and the door slid open with a pneumatic hiss. He looked incredulously at the camera and ...

  • Made in Our Image

    Dusk ground the last light of day away. A black-clad soldier followed the winding river of dips and valleys created by rolling hills spotted with trees. A voice chirped to life from the assault rifle he carried. “Are you still mad at me?” I...

  • Christmas Conditions

    “Hey boy, I’m talking to you.” A nudge accompanied the voice. Dreams of Clara faded into the ugliness of Camp Sumter. A hollow face took shape- Bryan, an enemy but also a friend in misery. He was a confederate soldier who’d take...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Another Glorious Day...

    Karl Samuelson was not a happy man. Sand was everywhere. The constant buffetting of the wind in the night had caused the tent to split open, and what the sand didn’t bury, it filled. Nothing was left untouched and Karl, himself, was half-buried. ...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Recruiter

    The lobby was empty. A bored man sat behind a desk, idly thumbing through a magazine without really looking at it. He was wearing a simple turtle-neck but I could tell he was a military man. It wasn’t the shaved head, bulky frame, or piercing eye...

  • Hospital Bed

    She remembered firing the fifty cal. But that was all. She was in a hospital bed, a nice clean hospital bed.No gunfire in the background.No wailing.Just machines that, until now, had kept her alive.She couldn’t remember waking up.She was just awa...

  • So Many Battles

    Dust and sweat, god, all I know is dust and sweat. Upon the rise outside the arena the captain of the Asclepian Guard tugs at the cloth armor about him. Jealous eyes consider the frivolity of the arena, while his soul, a slave of duty, adjures his glan...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
  • And Still the Water Rose

    He sat at the end of a pier, his legs dangling over the edge, the sea gently lapping against the soles of his worn out combat boots. He thought about how he had come to be there, how it had all gone so horribly wrong. And still the water rose. He looke...

  • Self-Disciplined & In Control

    He had the urge to hold her. To brush her tears off her cheeks. To run away with her. He didn’t do any of those things. He had cultivated enough control to stand perfectly still and watch her. He had been told he would be sent out of the country....

  • War Escapees

    “You have to squash the babies. Before they grow wings!” The towering soldier yelled at the steely-eyed girl. “What did these babies ever do to you?” The 12 year old girl demanded as she cradled a six-legged, blue orphan. “...

  • A Soldier and His Wife.

    Death lies on her, like an untimely frost upon the sweetest flower in all the field. Under the grey clouds, a storm brews and I’ve finally let go of my shield. What was once an army of men, lies amongst the Flowers. The night draws in, I’...

    • Author: miniash
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5