Each week a photo is used as a prompt to write a story in around 200 words using the photo as inspiration.
This week’s photo is a group of Spartan soldiers from the video game “Halo”. If you want to have a go, then click on the Sunday Photo Fiction image, or if you want to read what others have written, then click on the blue frog.
“Eleven Spartans and two grunts.”
“I had the men scour the battlefield and pick up weapons. We have less than we need. Fewer rounds than there are enemy.
The commander looked at his men. They looked defeated, exhausted, dejected. They had watched two hundred of their brothers in arms fall to the enemy and now they numbered just fifteen. The commander thought about what to say to motivate them. How he was about to ask them to give their lives to save the civilians; those same civilians who said they were not worth the money and tried to have them disbanded or sent elsewhere. He stepped forward to speak.
“Men!” he started in his deep, booming voice. “You have already given more than you should. More than any soldier should. But you are Spartans, and those who aren’t, by God you should be. You have fought harder than a hundred soldiers. You held out when others would have fled. Which makes this request harder. We need to make one last, final stand. We have to let the civilians escape.”
History never remembered their names, only “The Fifteen Saviours of Humanity”.