Flash fic challenge – A New Beginning

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I took part in the flash fic challenge on the Queer Sci-Fi FB group with the topic of “endings”. I tackled homophobia and xenophobia in just 300 words. I’m proud of this little piece. Take a read and let me know what you think.

A New Beginning by Jamie Lynn Miller

The blade of the energy weapon swung downward in a deadly arc. Trey ducked and thrust forward, his weapon finding its target. The reptilian Gorgon dropped heavily at Trey’s feet, dead. Before his enemy’s body hit the ground Trey was scanning the battlefield, desperately searching for…there. There was Zane, the man he had loved for more than a decade, running toward him.

Love. It was why this war started a year ago, when the Gorgons arrived on Janos Prime. They said they came in peace, wishing to trade goods with the Janosians. But when the Gorgons discovered that theirs was a society where men loved men, mated and reproduced with men, everything changed. They were called “abhorrent” and “unnatural”. And the killings began.

The Janosians were not warriors, unaccustomed to battle. But they were fighting for their lives and the lives of the ones they loved, for their society and way of life. They refused to be defeated. They used their vastly superior intelligence against the Gorgons…and they were winning. It had all come down to this, the final battle. If their strike team was successful the entire Gorgon headquarters would be wiped out in a massive explosion.

Zane raced up to Trey, pulled him close, his breathing harsh against Trey’s ear, but not loud enough to drown out the screams of their friends dying around them. Then the sound they’d been waiting for. The explosion lit up the sky, shook everything to a halt on the battlefield. The Gorgons turned and ran in defeat.

A joyous cry went up in celebration. Weapons were dropped, men embraced one another, crying and laughing.

Zane looked at Trey, his light blue skin streaked with dirt and blood. “Is it really the end?”

Trey smiled, kissed him softly. “It is a new beginning.”

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