The Last Days of Plant War IV

War had been tough on all the inhabitants of Flora System Nine. However, it was especially tough on Jorn. He was a muscular warrior ant who stood about six feet tall. He had chiseled arms and a strong mandible. He stood upright as all the dominant insects on this planet were bipeds.

On this night ten years ago, an intoxicated fire ant set his house ablaze. The moment Jorn managed to get his pregnant wife out of danger, the house exploded killing his young son. Jorn became engulfed in rage and decided to take the law in his own hands. He killed the fire ant mercilessly that night, and it cost him his freedom. Though he was convicted of murder, the judge had compassion on Jorn’s situation. He was consequently sentenced to serve in the military until the war finally ended.

This is how Jorn ended up here, in the middle of Plant War IV. A family photo was the last memento that he had left to remind him of his former life, and the only thing keeping him alive. He had vowed to himself that he would someday kiss his now nine-year-old daughter one last time. Jorn gave into his emotions and let a single tear trickle down his face. Jorn’s countenance quickly turned to wrath as a shadow enveloped the light around him.

“The grasshoppers are launching an aerial attack! Jorn yelled to his warriors. “Release the dragonflies! Jorn was now screaming at the top of his lungs. “If it’s an air battle they want, than that’s exactly what they will get” Jorn grumbled to no one in particular.

Jorn jumped on a dragonfly and took to the air. He could not handle any more time away from his family. This would have to be the deciding battle. In the air the battle became nothing short of chaotic. Grasshoppers and ants were falling to their deaths. Jorn ducked as a sharpened twig catapulted past his head. Just then Jorn caught a glimpse of Zerktal, the king of the grasshoppers. Without regard to his own life, Jorn raced towards the king blinded by rage. Jorn caught one of the hundreds of projectiles whistling past him, and he stabbed it through the king’s heart. The war was finally over.

Jorn now knew exactly what he must do. It was time to see his family. He sped off towards his almost forgotten home. When he got off his dragonfly, he began to sprint towards his house. He ran inside, and his wife dropped a dinner plate. She never expected him to come back. Extreme jubilation flashed across her face as she ran towards him. Jorn felt as his life was back to normal when he felt her warm embrace. Then he turned towards his daughter.

“There’s something I’ve been meaning to give you, Lynxa” Jorn smiled. He bent down and gave his daughter a kiss on her forehead. The promise he had made to himself was finally realized.

The Last Days of Plant War IV

ndavis07

Joined December 2007

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In a world where insects are in constant war, one ant just wants to see his family.

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