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Short story By: shika

War affects everyone and the effects of war are deadly.Many Countries fight for power not realizing the consequences of the cruel war. SO HOW CAN WE STOP IT????? CHECK OUT :-D

Submitted:Aug 10, 2011    Reads: 72    Comments: 26    Likes: 6   


Why I chose the theme- WAR?

because among the other topics-famine and pestilence, WAR is the only man-made DISASTER -an INTENTIONAL harmful activity which if we think, can control and PREVENT it.The world has already experienced 2 wars and we very badly have to prevent a 3rd one coming up!!!!

Clara, a pretty 22 year old Florentine citizen walks in the street with a bag full of gifts and chocolates. It was her mom's birthday and she wanted to give her a surprise. Suddenly she hears a loud unusual noise like that of a plane almost to crash, she looks at the sky to find a massive missile passing above her head and immediately takes to her heels.

Running frantically, she hears screams and small children crying and clutches the bag firmly. She sees a small boy crying near his mom's corpse and Jet planes flying above, dropping bombs here and there, and a house just collapsing to the ground. The dusty air is filled with the obnoxious smell of explosive's smoke and Clara gets tensed in the chaotic and sorrowful surrounding filled with the sound of grenades blowing up-so powerful that it could damage the ear drums and leave a person deaf. She gets terrorized seeing a riverbed of bloody bodies and stands still like a rock. There's a deadly silence for a while. ONLY FOR A WHILE. She then sprints to keep herself alive as she hears the mechanical noise of something enormous - so gigantic that she could feel the ground vibrating- like that of tanks and passes through a rain of fire shots. Luckily she wasn't struck.

She reaches the park, panting for breath where she used to play as a child and quickly hides behind the bushes as she sees through her terror-stricken eyes, some people carrying arms-dressed in a gray camouflage army suit-the one she hasn't seen in her country before. A man in a sand colored camouflage army suit is lying in the ground, kicked and thrashed by the other men. She identifies the man being tortured to be a soldier of her country.

"Tryin' to sneak into our territory, YOU Dawg poop!!!"

shouts a man from the group. He scolds the lying soldier with a lot of filthy words and then picks up a knife and scoops up his eyeballs.


The soldier screams and shrieks loudly in unbearable pain…………………

Clara cries silently unable to watch and crawls her way out till they're out of her sight because she knew that she would be dead if they found her. She walks again in distress, weeping and thinking about the plight of the brutalized soldier when she comes across the playground and notices a man shouting to a group of people amidst the terrible sound of bombs blasting

"My fellow citizens! Join the VENGENCE BRIGADIERS and take your revenge. We have a Country to save!!!"

A terrorist group formed so swiftly in the middle of a war, with most of the nominees being teenage boys and small children, left homeless and orphaned at such a young age when they must be enjoying their childhood-their education and basic necessities all pricked from them. They carry dangerous explosives and ammunition instead of books that teach them about peace and harmony. They become prey to suicide bombing-sacrificing their lives for no reason and NO FAULT of theirs when they have to be playing outside happily, chasing butterflies.

Many innocent lives lost unable to enjoy all the happiness and resources, Mother Earth has left them- their basic rights taken away forcefully from them.

Clara somehow manages to reach home and finds the glass window broken and the door opened slightly. She pushes the door and gets horrified seeing her mom in a pool of blood, with a gunshot in her head. She drops the bag which she had brought with determination, to give her mom the gifts and wails over her mom's corpse, her hands covered in fresh warm blood.

The door closes and when she turns back, she has her head pointed by an assault rifle.

A man in the gray army suit stands before her-the kinda suit she saw already-being worn by the torturers in the park. He must have been hiding inside the house, the whole time.

She gets frightened and says angrily through her tears


But he ignores and advances towards her still holding the rifle.

"Don't take another step!"

Clara threatens him with the needle her mom had been having in her hand-who must have been engaged in embroidering but he disobeys.

She points the needle to her throat and steps back saying


That one word from Clara's mouth-'BROTHER' came so automatically from the flow of words as she always calls her Policeman brother not by his name but with this one word. A word that came from her lips in utter fear not realizing what she spoke to that soldier.

The soldier stopped as he felt a chill air brush past his cheeks.

'BROTHER! BROTHER! DID SHE CALL ME HER BROTHER???' the thoughts just ran in his mind.His conscience which wasn't GUILTY even when he shot innumerous men and women not caring for their children being orphaned, now started to become guilty and started QUESTIONING his own mind.

'No! What you're doing is wrong!!! You wouldn't MISBEHAVE with your sister!' said his conscience.

'She's not my sister.' his mind started fighting.

'Then why did she call so???THINK!THINK!THINK!' his conscience kept on saying and repeating the words


The Verontican soldier screamed, kneeling down and hitting his fist to the ground in frustration, breathing heavily. Clara got shocked and terrified wondering what the soldier was upto-her eyes widening in dread.

He finally got up and said

"I am SORRY for killing your mother SISTER!." and went his way.

A single word changed his mind and made him realize his mistake.JUST A SINGLE WORD. Though the soldier wasn't her real brother, Clara called him 'Brother' accidentally but it saved her life and also made a wrong-doer turn into a new leaf. If this small word can be so POWERFUL even when the enemy wasn't a true brother-it will be even more POWERFUL if we treat those people around us as our true brothers and sisters. So let's all take this wonderful RESOLUTION to be kind to our family of brothers and sisters present all over the world.


# War affects not only the soldiers but the whole citizens of a country. Life is invaluable and it isn't worth being wasted on the borders and territories setup by someone else.

# Every human being is made of flesh, bones and soul- nothing different. So we must treat everyone equally and not letting our ego say "I'm a Superpower."

# When we can frame even an unintentional killing of a person as a murder and an unforgivable crime-What about the intentional genocide by a whole nation??? Isn't it a bloody murder??? Isn't it an unforgivable UNIVERSAL crime???

# If we all have an open heart to accept the whole world as our family of brothers and sisters and friends irrespective of the boundaries, citizenship, color, gender, race, creed, religion and region- then we can all be together supporting each other instead of fighting over a piece of land which we can't take with us after our deaths.


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