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A Chain of Thunder

chain of thunder“When the sun went down, the shelling began again, the civilian moving inside again quickly, but she remained outside the cave, watched the red streaks, heard the thumps and distant thunder, and noticed now for the first time that something was missing.  What had been done to James’ best friend was an act of raw desperation repeated in the town, and all throughout the cave-spotted hills.  Until now, every time the shells came, it had been the same, the whistle and shriek of mortars and cannon fire answered by a scatter chorus of howling dogs.  But tonight there were no howls, no response at all to the steel and fire from the sky.  There were no longer any dogs.”