Tactics

Prompt image for the Fandango's Flash Fiction prompt

For Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #153, where we write about the image below from Li.

A picture containing grass, outdoor, nature, smoke

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“We have ten battalions – a hundred thousand troops – in place, sir, just waiting for our orders.”

“Good. Very well, this is what I want them to do.”

The president moved to the table and picked up one of the models. Setting it down, deliberately onto the large map, he stated:

“I want you to send one of your battalions here.”

Considering for a moment, the president rested his ageing hand onto his chin.

“And another here.”

On a roll now, he continued:

“One here.”

The deferential general pulled on the lapels of his flawless uniform and raised his thick-set eyebrows but said nothing until he surmised that the president had finished.

“Thank you, sir, we will position our units exactly as you instruct.”

A smile spread onto the president’s steely face.

“This will fuck those fucking Ukrainian bastards.”

“Yes, Mr Putin, sir.”

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