The Real Winner

I looked down at the battlefield, and my heart filled with pride.

Photo prompt courtesy Sue Vincent

My fellow countryman Leonidas and his small band of 300 Spartans had been pitted against more than a million of the invading army of Xerxes.

But the wily Leonidas had taken a stand at a bottleneck in the pass at Thermopylae, and stopped the Persians dead in their tracks for three days.

And the mighty Persian Army would still be fighting a futile battle if I, Ephialtes, hadn’t told them about the hidden path that would allow them to flank Leonidas and his men, and slaughter them.


99 words.

Once again, this was a mashup of two challenges:

  1. Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction Challenge, hosted by Charli Mills. Charli’s prompt this week was:August 30, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a bottleneck. You can be literal or use the term to describe congestion. Go where the prompt leads.
  2. Sue Vincent’s #writephoto prompt:

I’ve taken some liberties with the battle of Thermopylae to cater to the popular legends, hope the Greek Gods will forgive me 🙂


About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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12 Responses to The Real Winner

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    So you’re rewriting history now, eh?

  2. abhiray59 says:

    I love historical stories.

  3. Sue Vincent says:

    It’s to be hoped nemesis isn’t reading this 😉

  4. Charli Mills says:

    I suspect the Greek gods send you their muse and therefore will forgive your liberties. Great re-telling of the bottleneck at Thermopylae.

  5. Pingback: Bottlenecks « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  6. He dado por casualidad en su diário virtual y veo que usted quizá pueda ayudar a
    resolver un obstáculo que se me presenta este fin de curso.

  7. Pingback: Photo prompt round-up: Watcher #writephoto | Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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