Carry On, Soldier
fiction by Dianne C. Stewart
Moving along the path through a stand of pine trees that gave way to oak and cedar, William inhaled the scents and felt his pulse pounding in his ears. . . . Though he’d never been troubled by shell shock or nightmares, he almost believed that if he blinked now, he’d be back in in the forests of northeastern France.
Hand-to-hand combat had taught him how to kill, and wrestling had taught him how to disable and restrain. He could do the last two quickly or prolong a match for dramatic effect, usually without causing injury. It was important for the rest of the student body to think he beat the stuffing out of the boys, but he didn’t actually want to injure them. If they were a little sore the next day and there were a few black eyes, that would do.
Dianne C. Stewart grew up in East Tennessee hearing family stories about the “Old Days” in Appalachia. A long-time teacher and history nerd, she transports readers into the past in her three time-travel novels, Quimbaya; Longitude: Zero Degrees; and Season of the Cold Moon (Beanpole Publishing Company). She now lives in Virginia, where she can be seen exploring backroads and stopping to read historical markers.