War of the Worlds (in 250 words)

j.m. raymond By j.m. raymond, 10th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/25mvwvx5/
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The nature of war: it continues until one side surrenders or is completely annihilated.

The dive bombing tactic had been successful for as long as any one of them could remember. Sure, there were the occasional losses due to enemy strikes or poor navigation or lingering too long over the target. There were always a few who got lost on the return trip, or snatched out of the sky for who knew what reasons. And, as is normal with all martial forces, those that flew paid little or no heed to those that crawled through the mud. The enemy might worry about the ground forces, but those that flew did not.

The war, in progress for so long that no one on either side could say accurately when there had last been peace between the two, escalated as all wars do with better methods of attack, more efficient means of propogation, more numbers. That is the nature of war; it continues until one side surrenders or is completely annihilated.

That was not the worst of it. Competition among "friendlies" was ruthless and fierce. There was constant harassment and interference from others, supposedly neutral. These forces could be, and quite often were, as deadly as dealing with the enemy. Still, the war raged on with no end in sight. No surrender forthcoming.

The host, as they had done since the war began, departed their bases just before dusk. Early evening was always best for hunting. This night would be no different from countless of those passed. The end, for too many of them was always the same:

SLAP! "Damn mosquitoes!"

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Satire, humor and fiction are my primary interests, although occasionally, I make forays into the worlds of technology and small business management.
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author avatar Denise O
10th Jun 2011 (#)

Funny, Love it. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar j.m. raymond
10th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you, Denise. Glad you enjoyed it!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Jun 2011 (#)

Very clever, j. m., I loved it.

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author avatar j.m. raymond
10th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you, Steve. I was trying to string it out a bit longer, but found I could not sustain the tone and figured I'd better end it before it got bogged down.

Thanks again for reading!

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author avatar saurik
10th Jun 2011 (#)

You can't understand the war well until you are a part of it.

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author avatar j.m. raymond
10th Jun 2011 (#)

Thanks for reading saurik.

Where I grew up, the mosquitoes were so thick in the evenings, you could kill a dozen or so with a single swat. Some of them seemed big enough to carry off a small pony.

They're not as bad here in Arizona, but I spent all evening chasing one before I finally managed to win that battle.

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author avatar Tlchimes
15th Jun 2011 (#)

*smile* yep, I know that war.

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author avatar j.m. raymond
15th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you for reading, Tlchimes. Thank you more for the smile.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
5th Mar 2012 (#)

Masterful penmanship J.M., hillarious, and tinged with the elements of a possible epic war novel. Thank you.

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author avatar j.m. raymond
5th Mar 2012 (#)

Many thanks, Tranquilpen! Appreciate the read and the kind words.

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