#VisDare 66: Restoration

We found so much pain, that despite our hardened hearts we felt despair, but you, my love, you stood in the face of the Shadow. I remember you, holding the small crying child, and how beautiful you were, how much hope then rested on your smile. It was the early summer, already the tide hadContinue reading “#VisDare 66: Restoration”

#DailyPrompt: Pride and Joy

What’s your most prize possession? He could not understand those youngsters glorifying a past which was alien to them: how could they know? How could they even understand what it had been like? He could tell them, but he doubted they would listen. So they marched in the streets of still peaceful cities, ignorant, holding flags andContinue reading “#DailyPrompt: Pride and Joy”

#FiveSentenceFiction: Moments

 Then she knew, soon he would have to go, to go East, and face his fate, the fate of a soldier. Years later she would remember, his last letter from the front, the collapse, the ruins, the hunters in the streets… Now she was smiling, for their son was there, a strong tall young man,Continue reading “#FiveSentenceFiction: Moments”

#AtoZChallenge: April 30, 2013 ~ Zero

Zero Well, this is the last post of this series, and I have succeeded in keeping slightly ahead of myself for the whole Challenge! This last post is about aircrafts and engineering, and bravery. The “Zero” was one of the finest fighters of WWII. It was the Mitsubishi A6M (Navy Type 0 Carrier Fighter) inContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge: April 30, 2013 ~ Zero”

#AtoZChallenge: April 29, 2013 ~ Yalta (Conference)

Yalta Conference, February 4-11, 1945 It was their last meeting, the last Allies Conference of the War, that was to reorganise Europe in “peace-time”.  WWII was drawing to a close: soon Hitler would be dead in the ruins of Berlin, soon the USSR, and her martyrs, would win the war, at last, at the priceContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge: April 29, 2013 ~ Yalta (Conference)”

#AtoZChallenge: April 24, 2013 ~ Uranium

 You are the most fatal chemical element found on earth, only preceded by plutonium, the byproduct (“waste”) of nuclear reactors.  In nature you are mostly the stable isotope Uranium-238, but your brother, Uranium-235, is much sought after by the sorcerers of nuclear fission since it “only” requires low-energy neutrons to trigger the chain reaction. NuclearContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge: April 24, 2013 ~ Uranium”

#FiveSentenceFiction: Abandoned

 It was night and it was winter, but I wanted to see the place, our place, once again. So, alone, I followed the long road, lined with so many memories of you, of us, of time past, of dreams lost. I found the old house, the air was frosty, there was no sound as IContinue reading “#FiveSentenceFiction: Abandoned”

Cryptonomicon: Das Messer sitzt mir an der Kehle…

 …The knife is at my throat… As Günter Bischoff, the best U-Boat skipper of the Kriegsmarine, lies dying, in 1945, in the hull of his submarine, off the shore of Manilla, he reflects on what could have been: “…It was a nice conspiracy while it lasted…” Cryptonomicon, published in 1999, is Neal Stephenson‘s second triumphal novel,Continue reading “Cryptonomicon: Das Messer sitzt mir an der Kehle…”

#FiveSentenceFiction: Pirates

Dedicated to the fallen of the Atlantic Battle, 1940-1945  The dark currents of the Atlantic rock the boat as soon as they surface on the captain’s command, now, from the bridge in battle position, they can see the convoy escorted by five destroyers. They arm the canon, wait for the order to fire, below deckContinue reading “#FiveSentenceFiction: Pirates”

#AtoZChallenge: April 24 – U is for “Ultra”

“Ultra was the designation adopted by British military intelligence in June 1941 for wartime signals intelligence obtained by breaking high-level encrypted enemy radio and teleprinter communications at the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park.” The deciphering of messages generated by the enemy’s Enigma machines for land and naval forces was, by all accounts,Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge: April 24 – U is for “Ultra””