This is the 32nd in a series of 365 Flash Fiction stories I’m writing. You can find out more about the challenge here.
The Tactic, by Jonathan L. Lawrence, 1st January 2012
Word count: 578
Theme: war, counsel, peace, defend, priorities, compromise
“Do you believe in this?” the mercenary asked hefting an extremely large sword.
“Of course,” the monk said, “But it does not change my belief that violence is the wrong path.” The large mercenary was stood across an oval table opposite the monk, in the general’s tent. The other commanders and nobles, along with General Sals were watching the interchange with great interest.
“When the enemy is fool enough to present his neck, you do not hesitate, you act. The fastest way to your fabled peace is to end the enemy quickly, while you are strong and they have shown weakness,” the mercenary said matter of factly as he lowered his sword.