World Wars

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Short story I wrote from a writing prompt a couple of years ago. It's essentially a "what if" on if "World Wars" movies were released in the Star Wars universe. I'm not sure how to better explain it, other than that

Submitted: August 29, 2017

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To be honest, I've never really liked the World Wars franchise. It just seems bland and cliche to me. I mean, nuclear bombs? Who comes up with this stuff? The ending to the World Wars 2 movies wasn't very climatic anyway. The bad guy kills himself, the other bad guys surrender, peace treaty, blah, blah, blah. It felt like I was back in my old History class on Alderaan. You know, before it blew up. And why were the Germans - I think that's what they're called - always the bad guys? Speaking of Germans, I don't think the Nazi "death camp" parts are very suitable for kids.

But I digress. My eleven year old son, on the other hand is a huge fan. He's been a fan of the series ever since World Wars II: The German Invasion came out.

"But, daaad," he said to me the week before World Wars III: The Liberation of North Korea came out. "Everybody at school is talking about this movie. I have to go see it. Please?"

I knew exactly were the boy was coming from. So, like any good dad, I sighed, and said, "Sure thing, bud - but only if you pass that math test you have on Wednesday."

Wednesday came and went, and sure enough, he passed that test. I stuck to my promise and, after giving my wife a good-bye peck on the lips, caught a spaceship that warp-drove us to Coruscant, the planet where the holofilm would first premiere.

The line to get tickets was packed with cosplayers. The most popular among them were Adolf Hitler, various Allied soldiers, Jewish prisoners, Robert Oppenheimer, and this other guy named Albert Einstein - I don't remember him. Apparently he was pretty important.

After an hour-long wait, we finally were able to get our tickets and enter the holofilm theater. It was really something to marvel at - A giant IMAX screen with HD quality. Not to mention the surround sound. I had only been here once before, and that was to see the WWII movies with my son.

My son and I took our seats and waited for the movie to start. It didn't take long. The movie screen suddenly lit up, and people stopped their conversation. I could hear my son let out a small squeal of excitement. The opening crawl started:

"A long time in the future, in a galaxy far, far, away...

WORLD WARS

Episode III: The Liberation of North Korea

Ever since the events of World War Two, the planet Earth of the Sol system had been a relatively peaceful place. However, war began to plague humanity once again after the country of North Korea declared war against the United States of America.

During a battle, North Korean spies somehow managed to go behind enemy lines and steal decade-old blueprints that gave critical information on how to build nuclear weapons.

Their leader, Kim Jong Un, has threatened to use these weapons on various countries if their demands are not met. China is also threatening to destroy anyone who tries to stop North Korea. The world has been held hostage.

Canada, Australia, Great Britain, and South Korea have secretly teamed up with America in order to take North Korea down. They quickly rush into action, doing everything they can in order to save the lives of billions, and to restore peace and balance to the world..."

I yawned. More cliche stuff.

I looked over at my son. He was ecstatic, wearing a smile that almost split his face in half, staring intensely at the holofilm screen.

I smiled, remembering why I decided to have kids. I stretched, took a sip of my drink, and decided to enjoy this movie to the best of my ability. It couldn't be that bad, right?

And even if it was, who cares? This was the happiest I had ever seen my son. He'd been waiting for this movie for years.

And if he's happy, I'm happy.

 


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