Last year I wrote two short stories in which the first one started in an unnamed Eastern European country where an American soldier and a Russian soldier met. At the time, there were rumblings of Russian aggression against Ukraine and I thought that if war ever broke out in Europe that’s where it would start.
As of this writing, the Ukrainian Army is fighting like hell to repel a Russian invasion and so far, American soldiers are not in it. But I know the average Russian soldier and citizen is not the enemy here, but the oligarchs and dictators are.
I wanted to give two soldiers a happy ending so I wrote a sequel to the initial story prompt. I was inspired by an old episode of the 1960’s television series, ‘The Twilight Zone’ called ‘Two’. It starred Charles Bronson as an American solider and Elizabeth Montgomery as a Russian soldier facing off in an unnamed war-zone. Now in that episode Elizabeth Montgomery’s character said nothing but I gave my Russian soldier-character, Tania, a voice, and a love of ‘Star Trek’.
I’ve posted the stories here as two Adobe PDF files for viewing. Please note these stories, like all written material here, is Copyright 2022 Michele Sayre with all rights reserved, so don’t try and steal it. You can share it from this page if you want to on social media, though.
I hope you like these stories because as my father used to say, “The world needs happy endings.”