Into Battle – Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by Susan Spaulding, who has taken over this great weekly prompt from my old friend Al Forbes.
This week’s photo was taken a couple of years back by yours truly in George Square, the heart of Glasgow.
And I have produced an updated version of a story published earlier on a different challenge.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
Click on this link to enter your tale, and see what others have written.

© C. E. Ayr

Click here to hear the author read the tale:

Into Battle

We study the enemy across the level sward.
We are trying to determine where the danger will come from, to prepare ourselves for the inevitable strike.
The invaders are from a country with ten times our numbers.
They are our historic enemy, there have been wars between our people since time began.
They are powerful and threatening.
They have not come to offer friendship.
They plan to crush us.
And they are confident that we cannot withstand their onslaught.
On the surrounding heights the watching non-combatants shuffle their feet nervously.
Everyone is on edge, waiting for the first attack.
Now anticipation brings a silence that is almost overwhelming.
Then the hairs rise on a hundred thousand arms.
The skirl of the bagpipes fills the air.
As one the voices are raised.
O Flower of Scotland…

This gets good after about 50 seconds:
And Scotland won.

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10 Responses to Into Battle – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Goosebumpy, till you see the video and know the context. I was expecting tourists as the enemies, btw 🙂


  2. Abhijit Ray says:

    War cry released by bag pipe and pipers enthused fighters.


  3. michael1148humphris says:

    You paint the pride of being Scottish well. And why not…


  4. Susan says:

    CE, your story captures the tension of the battle that is about the erupt. I couldn’t view the video but I found another. What a proud moment in Scottish history it must have been!


  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Still gets me every time, even if it invariably is followed by a glorious failure of course.


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