The Aquilifer

In Fiction on April 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm

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The Aquilifer

The aquilifer stood, his golden eagle red with Roman blood. The entire century had been lost in the charge, and only enemies remained.

He made himself ready—as all who stand for something must—to fight.


This is my story for the weekend’s Trifextra challenge, which was to use the words Charge, Century and Lost to write a 36 word story. (An aquilifer, for those interested, is the Roman standard bearer responsible for carrying the eagle, the symbol of the legion, into battle).

Happy weekend everyone!

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  1. Great story with so few words!

  2. Love your use of “century” here. Nice job!

  3. I didn’t know what an aquilifer was. Well-written and educational – I liked it!

  4. Oh, VERY nice. I like. I like very much. Good twist on ‘century’. 🙂

  5. Your phrasing and syntax is really stoic and adds great character to a short piece. Well done!

  6. Yes, it is a must, handed down the centuries..well done.

  7. “The entire century had been lost in the charge…” Dude. That’s awesome.

  8. This is a powerful depiction of a last stand. Well done with the three words.

    Thanks for linking up!

  9. love the use of century here – 100 men = a century – well done!

  10. Very nice piece! The Eagle was very important to the men of the legion. The Aquilifer would have been an important position

  11. all the 3 in a sentence … cool !

  12. The entire century lost and only enemies remaining? How terrifying.

  13. Just saw this… very good, Brian. Excellent use of all three in the same sentence.

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