Redlegs

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


Redlegs

By J.D. Anderson

 

The valley had been home to the Redlegs for as long as she could remember. Now, as she looked from the hastily built defensive palisade, all she could see was the haze from the fires that the invaders had set. They had come from the North, and in a few months had driven the Redlegs to one last stronghold. They had waited for the invaders to make their final assault, and then they did. Now, most of what was left of the Redlegs were women and elderly, but they were still determined to give fight if need be.

Two generations had passed since the War of Division, and in that time much had been forgotten. The country that had been, much of the technology, even friends and allies had become, at most, a subject of legend and myth. This is why the attack had been such a surprise, few knew what existed outside of the valley, but now they did.

The country that had been had split into numerous groups, factions, tribes, whatever they wanted to call themselves, everyone else were just “the others.” Several that had wasted their area, or outgrew it, saw the Redlegs as an obstacle to new land, something to be overcome. They found that they had encountered more than they had anticipated. The Redlegs had been decimated, so had the others.

Now, as she looked over the valley that had been torn apart by battle, and watched the fog collect in the low areas. She wondered if her people had the energy, or numbers to rebuild. Would they be able to keep their home? Time was the only one that knew for sure, and he wasn’t telling. She pulled her blanket closer against the chill of uncertainty and shivered.


Submitted: June 17, 2021

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