There was a sudden flash and instinctively I raised my arms to shield my face. I opened my eyes to see one of our starships was in smouldering pieces. No doubt our enemy was using nukes.
“The use of nuclear weapons has now been authorised.” The Commander ordered.
My heart sank. I feared for our populations across the many worlds we had colonised that would now face destruction, as well as the “enemy” populations that would meet a similar fate. We almost had peace, but the talks had failed, and now led to this.
Then there was another flash…
This was written with the prompt to write a story that declares shield your face provided by the Carrot Ranch April 9 Flash Fiction Challenge.
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