I know why I’m here today. I know what I have to do. But how did I get here?

A kiss on the cheek as he leaves in the night. To fight in faraway places. To provide. A solemn dispatch in the mail. Mommy crying. A flag draped across his casket.

Dark devil eyes and a brightly colored skirt, catching the breeze; her hair down her back as she closes the blinds. A cry in the night. A tiny hand, clasping, wrapped tight around my finger.

An oath. To serve and protect. To provide.

And now here I stand. My own people against me. Gun wrapped tight around my finger.

And when the call comes, I will heed it. Just as my father did. To kill and oppress, and maybe to die. To provide.

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Story: David Walker

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Title Inspiration: Valient Thorr

I write dark fantasy and science fantasy. My previous works include WET WORK and BLOOD FIELDS, both dark science fantasy novellas. You can find them at your friendly local ebook retailer. I'm serializing my next story (working title: Golem) on my author website. It's a dark fantasy tale set on planet Kaido, which draws inspiration from medieval Japan. I post new content every Wednesday. ................................................................................................................................................................................. Dark fantasy writer David Walker is the author of WET WORK and BLOOD FIELDS, both dark science fantasy novellas. Currently, he is serializing a dark fantasy novel, titled Golem. Episodes are published every Wednesday on his website: http://davidwalkerauthor.com. David lives in Los Angeles, California, but he dreams of living somewhere else ... some place not so damn hot! He holds a degree in philosophy from UCLA, where he also studied Japanese literature. After college, he did graduate work in law and philosophy at Cardozo Law School. His hobbies are reading, playing X-COM, and avoiding direct sunlight.

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