My mind was completely empty- and then it struck me. A withered arm, with a kick like that of a stone shot from the taut elastic band of a cleverly aimed slingshot. Its force knocking me off my feet and into a timbered ravine, where sheltered, I bore witness to what followed.
A flair. A scream. A fire. We had made good on our target- mitigating the French caisson before it could advance. A great cloud of sulfuric vapor, made sweet with the smell of burning flesh, titillated my battle starved senses. From the depths of my shrouded hiding place, I savored the sickly stench as my reward.
A near impish cry of relief went up from the troops. Their solace however, was short lived. Within seconds it exploded into blood curdling screeches of terror- when without warning, what could only have been the gaping mouth of some mysterious, unseen god, latched on and sucked the very earth out from beneath them.
The resulting cave in- swallowing our beleaguered armaments and what was left of my already maimed platoon.
Leaving in its wake, only myself. Alive to curse the wretched day, I failed to be counted among the casualties.
This piece includes the writing prompt #14, My mind was completely empty and then it struck me, provided by Peter Wyn Mosey and the twelve words supplied by the MLMM Wordle #159 this week which are:
2. Cave In
7. Withered Arm
19 thoughts on “Battlefield Louisiana”
A FANTASTIC PHOTOGRAPH VIOLET, THE ATMOSPHERE IS ELECTRIC, GREAT POST
Thank you China. So glad you enjoyed it.
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Your use of language is awesome, Violet. So rich!
Thank you, Chris. And all of this coming from someone whose spoken vocabulary consists mainly of four letter words!!
Thank you Sadje. Your introduction to wordles is proving to be a lot of fun….
Bloody hell… so to speak. And you’ve captured it well. 🙂
How could one not end up on the battlefield given those prompts! So glad you enjoyed it.
Not that I enjoy battlescenes. But it’s so well written… 🙂
Excellent writing as always! Nice work
Thanks again Peter for the glorious prompts!
That opening sentence in particular, followed by the next three words, was exquisite in its execution.
Cleverly woven prompts, Len. I can take no credit accept for their use in combination- and of course where they took me… Thank you as always…
An intense scene, Violet. I loved how you evoked the chaos of the battle and aftermath with the tight pov. And amazing use of the prompt words. Excellent writing as always.
This was an amazing response to the prompts. War is hell, good read!
Great use of these words. I didn’t recognize that you were using prompt words until the notes at the end.
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Excellent – I’m a big fan of cannons, myself, so I was super excited to read this one!
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