“Look Saundra, I don’t care what your hippie-dippy God says about being grounded and feeling the earth between your gross little tosie-rosies. In my unit, we wear boots.” Yes, maybe he shouldn’t be yelling at her, but he has realized, he hates her. Why? Maybe because she reminds him of a human child and not the adventuring halfling she promised herself to be.

And he has decided adventuring is no place for children.

“Boots? Like made of cow?”

The fury spreads quickly through Corporal Dantruff’s body, “Yes Saundra like made of cow.” The flush burns as it creeps up his thick neck. He fights through a desire to turn the halfling over his knee and spank the backtalk right out of her. Instead of being able to decide what to do though, Saundra surprises him.

“Then by Druantia, you are my enemy, prepare to crackle in my God’s fury!”


Published by Bryan

I am an army vet, husband, and father of twins, I am currently working on my next publication, a collection of military fiction, and next year will be publishing an apocalyptic science fiction novel. My urban noir novel, "Compounded Interest," can be purchased on Amazon. I host a podcast on creativity called Origin: Stories on Creativity and co-host the soon-to-be-released show on speculative fiction called Mirage with fantasy author R. Emma Hardcastle. My youtube channel is: The Origin podcast feed is: For updates on "Mirage" and future publications follow me on twitter: @bryaiello More of my short fiction can be found at: My amazon author page is:

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