Title: After the Ball
Word Count 866
Disclaimer I did not invent them
After the Ball
He was back on the deck before he noticed. . He had not been sure, he could do such a thing. One fired a cannon to harm the body of a ship, to make the ship itself comply. Gun drill accustomed them to the thought of it, and the speed and the effort and the sound and smell. But striking with steel at the exposed body of another being – he had not been sure. Now he knew. He was like other men. There was a red place behind his eyes, he had not known was there. He had gone with the others, and roared and lunged, and forced a capitulation.
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