Glory and Death

So this is suicide.

The moment of death.

A silly expedition towards inevitable failure.

The monstrosity brings one of his weapons back and all air disappears from the battle field.

Then he swings it forward and a hurricane like gale batters all. The commander watches twenty go down with the blow.

One of his men gets back up. He is missing both arms at the bicep. Blood spurts furiously.

But the soldier’s beserker rage compels him to attack and he throws his body against the massive foe.

The rhino snorts, spraying snot and disrespect.

His hide is pebbly rock hard impossible.

The dying soldier bounces off worthless and is caught under a giant foot. Even in the din of combat the crack of ribs is audible and stomach churning.

Sad as that may be, the battle is far from over.

Men die.

That’s what they do.

And this is a match worth finishing.

The commander unties his red cape and flaps it dangerously in the air.

The rhino spots the stupid tack, sets eyes on the tall man from the South and charges.

The human crouches ready. To him a fight is a fight is a fight and this one is about to get good.





by Xiaodi Jin


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Author: Bryan Aiello

I call NYC home and wish the subway went everywhere and Times Square didn't suck. I saw John Turturro once. Maybe it was him. He was wearing a yellow shirt and smiled at me like he knew I knew. I am an Army vet who writes. I like characters who want more then they deserve. I like genre fiction. I love space. I love paladins. One day I might write a paladin in space story. Just you wait. The university of South Florida spit me out with a degree in creative writing and I find myself questioning the sanity of going to a school that advertises a fake beach on its brochure ever since. I intuit grammar. I Got married in 2012 We had twins in 2015. I do a lot of cooking and dog walking and ranting about the unfairness of sentience. You can follow me on Twitter: @bryaiello Wattpad: My Subreddit: My Reddit profile: Like my work? Become a patron at:

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