â€œTell me again,â€ said Jason. â€œTell me about war.â€ His fatherâ€™s tales enthralled him with thrills of the chase, driving hunger of need. Young Jasonâ€™s body wriggled, uselessly propped, legs flopping like fish out of water while slaughter awaits. â€œPlease Daddy, please.â€
His father was conversing with Sam again, he whose eyes lived forever. The gun was cleaned and ready, Jason knew; uniform pressed; troops at the door. But still... One last tale please; one final glorious victory so Iâ€™ll remember him when heâ€™s gone. The boy smiled hopefully, while his father turned. â€œOkay, Iâ€™ll try.â€
â€œThanks Dad,â€ he cried.
â€œI heard â€™em shouting a mile away,â€ he began, â€œdust flying like bees. Clattering hooves, jangling harness, saddles creakâ€”they were getting close. Hot breath huffing from their noses, horse and rider both, my Ted with the death-watch on his shoulders. But I was shaking, watching him, after all those prophesies Old Sam poured out.â€
The wrong tale pouredâ€¦
â€œMy brother Ted, in the lead. They were after him then. Iâ€™m shouting loud as a steam-train, but he stops, face soaked in tears. Come on. Heâ€™s won. Itâ€™s done but Ted lies dead on the floor, like straws in wind...â€
â€œThen what?â€ asked Jason, his years too innocent.
Old Sam pressed close, breath smelling of straw, while Jasonâ€™s Dad, hypnotized by pellucid eyes, gave no reply. He twisted the wolf-fur cap between bent fingers; dripped tears on its pelt.
â€œThen what?â€ asked Jason, charging wild in the prairies of dreams, building tents in his mind. â€œThen what Dad? Please?â€
Sam answered him. â€œThen,â€ he said slowly, â€œyour Mam died giving birth. Your uncle died in battle. And now your Dad. Every victoryâ€™s bought with pain, ever was, evermore.â€
Dad cried, kissed Jason goodbye, and left the tear-stained wolf-fur cap behind.
3 sets of 100 words - I guess that makes this a triple-drabble, written for Wednesday Writing Essentials
- Take an old post of yours, cut-n-paste it to a new article, and revise it with the following prompts.Â If you are NEW to Gather, take an old piece of your writing and revise.
- Include the words or derivatives of: prairie, charge, press, wolf, and pellucid,
- Focus on dialogue or monologue (I refer you to Len Maxwell's tutorial on Punctuation and Dialogue.)
- Add landscape to your revision.Â In other words, talk about the surroundings of your story both physically and mentally.Â For additional challenge, this specific prompt could be expounded upon as a post script to your revision.
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