Uniform

Not sure if this is going to work. But I’m going for regularity.

soldier

Uniform

We stand, uniform, identical. Hair. Caps. Tops. Trousers. Boots. Packs.

Only I am different. On the inside. I feel the bindings around my chest. I feel the ache of my heart fighting against this injustice. I feel the discomfort of my almost-shorn head.

Anger tightens my fist against the butt of the gun. It’s tip rests on my shoulder. Ready. Waiting.

I am no less. Just different.

The sergeant shouts. Movement in sync. The thump of feet. The clack of guns.

We march, passing beneath His banner. Tears threaten in my eyes as I remember atrocities too awful to name.

Trucks await. The pack on my bag grows heavier as I clamber in behind the men I will fight, and quite possibly die, with. I am prepared for death. My life will serve a purpose if I can kill one of the bastards.

The engine starts and I am shaken by movement. I hang on to the rickety bench, my free hand digging into the rusted metal.

I see her face again. Smell the blood. Hear the shouts. Feel the scent of death in the air.

It is a long journey, to the sands where the cowards hide, to the place where I will make my mark.

The sun sets, its light fading outside the back of the truck. I close my eyes as the truck stops in the darkness. Guns click. A shout. And we move.

I am ready.


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