As always, this is based around Laurence Simon’s weekly challenge for the 100 word-stories podcast. It’s a great exercise for writers – writing a good drabble is a lot harder than it appears, but is still a “small” task so you can get around that idea of it being too much work. And then you get a random (and often bizarre) writing prompt to shoehorn you out of writer’s block! Go read the rules for the Weekly Challenge and participate! Heck, Chris the Nuclear Kid does when he remembers to (and I can drag him away from video games)!
I am now – when I remember to do so – updating these in a podcast feed (dubbed “Radio Free Steven the Nuclear Man” by Laurence). You can subscribe with this link (http://bit.ly/stevereads) in your podcatcher or phone, or swing by http://bit.ly/stevesdrabbles.
I cough, catching his attention. “Sir, which guns?”
“Those guns,” he says, and casually waves his hand toward the Russians.
My gaze travels down the length of his arm, down the wide open valley past two ridges of Russian troops, and directly toward the enemy steam mechs.
“We’re doomed,” my sergeant says.
But past the enemy guns, I see the full moon, still visible in daylight. It has not yet set, and I smile a knowing smile.