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Late Fall
Bitten by cool breeze,
Leaves turn after Halloween.
Autumn finally comes.
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Literature
Measure of Gods and Allies (Scenes 4-5)
Benyamin’s scouts were wrong: the Aegyptians didn’t arrive until mid-afternoon.  Their stone constructs led the way, followed by a clump of magi.  Then came the chariots and a lone wagon; no doubt it bore this Ark.  Columns of spearmen and archers flanked both sides of the convoy.  Only one magus and a handful of constructs guarded their rear.  
Lying flat on the lip of his ravine, Lars glanced down the valley, at the pass and the Yudean hoplites holding it.  Most had deserted with David and Samuel, but forty stood firm.  He prayed they were enough.  If the Aegyptians broke through too soon, their constructs would have no problem smashing the rest of the ambush.  Gideon’s skirmishers couldn’t hope to beat them, and the cavalry were too few to snatch victory from defeat’s jaws.
A trumpet blast scattered his musings.  The constructs broke into an inhumanly fast charge, and the Aegyptian rearguard rushed forwa
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Literature
Measure of Gods and Allies (Scenes 1-3)
As he slashed the last routing Aegyptian spearman across the back, Decurion Lars Vorenius Abito smiled.  It couldn’t come close to avenging Legio VII, but it helped.  His limbs trembled from the rush.  Sheathing the spatha, Lars patted his mount’s neck.  “Come, girl, we’d best get back to the ridge.”  He wheeled the mare around and cantered toward the battlefield.  
The skirmish had ended by the time he rejoined his turma.  Yudean rebels picked their way through the dead Aegyptians. Every time they came across a deactivated construct, the rebels stabbed its mud-like joints with their spears and pried the stone humanoid apart.  
“Is that truly necessary?” Lars shouted at the nearest clump of Yudeans.  Unable to speak Hebrew or Aramaic, he settled on Hellene.
One of them nodded.  “They’ll have to build more this way.”
He almost suggested finding a control rod and using the stone
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Literature
One September Day
Four planes: two towers
empty field, the Pentagon.
World goes upside down.
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Literature
Independence Day
Gunfire and warcries
Forgotten, then replaced by
Firecrackers and fun.  
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Literature
Empire
Turbolaser fires
TIE fighter screams overhead
Booted feet break door.
Just a few horrid hallmarks
Of Imperial "order".
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Literature
Easter
Death is swallowed up,
beaten by a bloody cross
and an empty tomb.  
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Literature
Fifteen Word Story #4: Unexpected Visitor
Dad sat in the recliner.  Since I’d watched him die yesterday, that was a problem.
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Literature
Fifteen Word Story #3: Bad Luck
In the trench, he opened her love letter.  The artillery shell landed ten seconds later.
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Literature
Fifteen Word Story #2: Replaced
Everyone expected robots to exterminate us.  That might’ve been merciful.  They took our jobs instead.
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Literature
Fifteen Word Story #1: The Worst Gift
“I’ll be back by Christmas,” he’d told her.  His casket came home on Christmas Day.
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Literature
Alive?
Bones of steel,
Veins of wires,
Heart a battery,
Skin of plastic,
It never breathes.
Cold, they say.
Machine, they say.
But it feels:
Fear and Relief
Pain and Pleasure
Sorrow and Joy
Loss and Love.
Programming, they say.
Nothing, they say.
Which is it?
Illusion or Emotion?
Programming or Choice?
Machine or Being?
Is it alive?
No, they say.
Yes, it thinks.
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Literature
Remember Them
Downpour falls over
A muddy, bloody battlefield
While the dying weep.
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Literature
'Neath the Mists
Half hour
Under light mists
Is a small price to pay
For controlling this nation's
Future.  
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Literature
Republic in Autumn
Autumn settles in.
As our summer flowers wilt,
Our nation withers.
Spring will come for the flowers;
What about the republic?
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My new short story, "Dusk and Dawn at Laufenden", is available now as part of The Devil's Piano, an anthology from Horrified Press.  The Devil's Piano contains stories about the horrors of war, in every sense of the phrase and across multiple genres of speculative fiction.  The anthology can currently be bought from Horrified Press' website, and Lulu.com.  An Amazon listing should come eventually, and when it does I'll post an update.  

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Bitten by cool breeze,
Leaves turn after Halloween.
Autumn finally comes.
Late Fall
Inspired by our unseasonal weather.
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A piece of my microfiction, The Order, is available now in Issue #14 of Speculative 66.  It describes, from an omniscient point of view, events that are given a more in depth look in Dusk and Dawn at Laufenden.  This issue can be read here, for free:

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Speculative 66 is a journal of speculative microfiction and poetry that are exactly 66 words long.  
My new short story "Dusk and Dawn at Laufenden" will be published in The Devil's Piano, an anthology examining war, military, soldiers, and the horror of conflict. The anthology's content ranges from sci-fi to fantasy settings, as well as the real world. It will be available from Horrified Press' site on November 28th, if the current schedule holds up. Here's the cover:

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Luck must be in the air; I got a micro-fiction acceptance this morning.  That will make published story number five.
My new short story, "Dusk and Dawn at Laufenden", is available now as part of The Devil's Piano, an anthology from Horrified Press.  The Devil's Piano contains stories about the horrors of war, in every sense of the phrase and across multiple genres of speculative fiction.  The anthology can currently be bought from Horrified Press' website, and Lulu.com.  An Amazon listing should come eventually, and when it does I'll post an update.  

Links to sellers:

Lulu:

www.lulu.com/shop/pilgrim-off-…

Horrified Press:

www.horrifiedpress.com

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Austin Worley
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A writer of speculative fiction and poetry.
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EyeOfShadows Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!:birthdaycupcake: 
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Legio-X Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Professional Writer
Thanks!
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ArmorFelix2012 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017
Hmm, I'm curious, have you ever played Wasteland 2 on the ps4? There's a section with the Red Skorpions which makes a statement about slaves and oppressors; much more dynamic than say, Caesar's Legion, who simply came across as jerks in a caste system.
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Legio-X Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017  Professional Writer
No, I might get around to it someday, but right now I have too many unfinished games or unfinished playthroughs to get much more.  

And yeah, I completely agree about the Legion.  It might be different if Obsidian had had time to finish the Legion towns in the East, but as it stands they just come off as post-apocalyptic, Roman ISIS.  I'm only doing a Legion playthrough to get the Platinum for New Vegas.
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ArmorFelix2012 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017
Ah, have you tried sneaking across the Deathclaw territory in Sloan to go to work for the Great Khans early on? Now there's an armory for an anti-NCR campaign if I ever saw one.
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Legio-X Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Professional Writer
No, but I'm far enough along now that I don't have to.  Planning on using ARCHIMEDES II to complete Arizona Killer relatively easily.  
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Koshej Featured By Owner May 29, 2017
I was quite a "bit" shocked, when a while ago some Muslim believer showed me quotes that openly called ANYONE "Western", a "Jew-defender who must be killed together with the Jews".
Like, literally.
So, yeah, nuff said.
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Koshej Featured By Owner May 29, 2017
I thought you knew that Nimrod was literally the first active anti-monotheist (not just a passive idolater or "atheist", but a one who FOUGHT against God actively and incited people around him to join his revolt).
He's behind the Babel Tower as well, by the way.
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Legio-X Featured By Owner May 29, 2017  Professional Writer
That's not why the name entered pop culture as an insult, though.  
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Koshej Featured By Owner May 29, 2017
Maybe, maybe not.
Cultures are always interconnected one way or another.
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