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The Meaning of Courage - A 100 Word Story

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Military Operations on Urban Terrain F Co. 229th MIOn the day I deployed, my brother asked "Aren't you scared?"

I started to answer, to tell him courage was being scared and doing it anyway, but he'd already pointed at the salad bar on my uniform.

I started explaining the awards before he got distracted again.

A decade and two wars passed before I saw him at Thanksgiving. Political rants were his new hobby.

"Our military just ended up getting half the world seeing us as the bad guys."

My mother shushes him, asks: "Were you scared?"

"Still am," I say, acknowledging my brother's point. "I did it anyway."


Based around Laurence Simon's weekly challenge for the 100 word-stories podcast. The player above should have the audio for this week; if it doesn't, you can find the audio here to download.

I am updating these in a podcast feed (dubbed "Radio Free Steven the Nuclear Man" by Laurence). You can subscribe with this link (http://feeds.feedburner.com/Ideatrash) in your podcatcher or phone. You can also read and hear the rest of the entries at the 100 Word Stories podcast site.

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