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A Study on Vocation, Pt. 4

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and men.” — Proverbs 3:3-4

“Do not let mercy and kindness and truth leave you [instead let these qualities define you]; bind them (securely) around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.” — Amplified version

“Love — Agape Love, the highest of the 4 types of love in the Bible. Jesus Christ showed this kind of love to His Father and to all humanity

Philia Love, the type of love in the Bible that most Christians practice towards each other.

Storge Love, a term for love less familiar. This Greek word for family love is not specifically found in Scripture.

Eros love, the Greek word for sensual love, which is self-gratifying.”

“Love in Hebrew is ‘Ahava’ which is made up of three basic Hebrew letters. These three letters actually are broken down into two parts: a letter base or root, and the first letter, which is a modifier. The meaning of the two letter base is “to give”. The meaning of “Ahava”, is “I give” and also “love”

“In a general sense to be pleased with; to regard with affection, on account of some qualities which excite pleasing sensations or desire of gratification… In other words, the Christian loves God with the love of complacency in His attributes, the love of benevolence towards the interest of His Kingdom, and the love of gratitude for favors received (Matt. 22:37)

An affection of the mind excited by beauty and worth of any kind, or by the qualities of an object which communicates pleasure, sensual or intellectual. It is apposed to hatred.

The love of God is the first duty of man, and this springs from just views of His attributes or excellencies of character, which afford the highest delight to the sanctified heart. Esteem and reverence constitute ingredients in the affection, and a fear of offending Him is its inseperable effect.” — Webster 1828 (further studies on love are important!)

“Faithfulness – Fidelity; loyalty; firm adherence to allegiance and duty. Truth; veracity. Strict adherence to injunctions, and to the duties of a station. Strict performance of promises, vows or cvenants; constancy in affection.” — Webster 1828

“Faith etymology — From Anglo-French and Old French “Feid; Foi” Faith, belief, trust, confidence; pledge”

“Favor – Kind regard; kindness; countenance; friendly disposition” — Webster 1828

“In the way of believing obedience to God’s commandments health and peace may commonly be enjoyed; and though our days may not be long upon earth, we shall live forever in heaven. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; God’s mercy in promising, and His truth in performing: live up to them, keep up thine interest in them, and take the comfort of them.” — Matthew Henry

Verse related to business — This verse – among many – is the basis of how we should be as Christians, that love and faithfulness should never leave us. Therefore, this verse is just as important to relate to business as in any other area of our lives.

Both love and faithfulness are major attributes of God, but we are capable of expressing love and faithfulness. It is up to us to bind them around our neck, like we would jewelry, and make them so important and familiar to us that they are written on the tablet of our hearts.

By expressing Love and Faithfulness, you not only are following more closely the path of God’s will – you will have favor with both God and man. Only remember it is much more important to have good will from God than from men!

This verse implies not only that you use and express love and faithfulness, but that you are so apart of them that you are the same.

What do we express love and faithfulness towards? First, toward God, and secondly toward our neighbor. Love the Lord above all else, and this should apply also (especially?) in your business dealings!

As Christians, God is supposed to be Number One in our lives… in all and every matter. The Bible says nothing else should come before God.

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Bible Study on Vocation, Pt 3

“Then you will understand what is just and right and fair — every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.” — Proverbs 2:9-11

Then you will understand righteousness, justice and fair dealing [in every area and relation]; yes, you will understand every good path. For skillful and godly Wisdom shall enter your heart, and knowledge shall be pleasant to you. Discretion shall watch over you, understanding shall keep you.” — Amplified version

“Then you will understand righteousness, and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you.” — ESV version

“Discretion – Prudence, or knowledge; that discernment which enables a person to judge critically of what is correct and proper, united with caution.

Liberty or power of acting without other control than one’s own judgement.” — Webster 1828

“Protect: [Latin protectus, protego; pro nad tego; to cover] To cover or shield from danger or injury; to defend; to guard; to preserve in safety.” — Webster 1828

“Righteousness – 1. Purity of heart and rectitude of life; conformity of heart and life to the divine law. Righteousness as used in Scripture and theology, in which it is chiefly used, is nearly equivalent to holiness, comprehending holy principles and affections of heart, and conformity of life to the divine law. It includes all we call justice, honesty and virtue, with holy affections; in short, it is true religion. ” — Webster 1828

“Justice – Impartiality, equal distribution of right in expressing opinions; fair representation of facts respecting merit or demerit. In criticisms, narrations, history or discourse, it is a duty to do justice to every man, whether friend or foe.” — Webster 1828

“Those who earnestly seek heavenly wisdom, will never complain that they have lost their labor; and the freeness of the gift does not do away the necessity of our diligence. Let them seek, and they shall find; let them ask, and it shall be given them. Observe those who are thus favored. They are the righteous, on whom the image of God is renewed, which consists in righteousness. If we depend upon God, and seek to Him for wisdom, He will enable us to keep the paths of judgement.” — Matthew Henry

Verse related to business — This chapter of Proverbs speaks of the ‘moral benefits of wisdom’. An important chapter to read!

Verses 9 to 11 speak of what will happen if you follow wisdom whole-heartedly; as for treasure. In a sense, it says you will become wisdom, for wisdom understands and leads to every good path.

In business, do not seek to gain wealth. Proverbs, and the Bible, says to seek wisdom, not wealth.

When starting a business, you do not simply say “I will make money”, you seek to know how to attain success, which can include money.

When you truly seek wisdom – which is much deeper than simply knowledge – you come to understand what is right (righteous) and just and fair – every good path. Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

Knowledge will not only be pleasant to me, but to my very soul – something much deeper.

In seeking wisdom, you acquire much more than just understanding. You acquire understanding of righteousness and justice and fairness. Righteousness being an important aspect of God’s character; justice being something He is firm and careful to carry out; fairness being something He gives abundantly, and clearly. In learning wisdom, we come to understand more of God’s character. We will not only learn to do something properly; we will understand God better by knowing wisdom. An important thing to do in every aspect of our lives, for wisdom will show us every good path.

Discretion will protect you. Understanding will guard you. Not just guide, but guard.

Bible Study on Vocation, Pt. 2

“Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public square… How long will you simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.

But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, I in turn will mock when calamity overtakes you – when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.” — extracts from Proverbs 1:20-27

“How long, o naïve ones [you who are easily mislead], will you love being simple-minded and undiscerning? How long will scoffers [who ridicule and deride] delight in scoffing, How long will fools [who obstinately mock truth] hate knowledge?

If you will turn and pay attention to my rebuke, behold I [wisdom] will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

Because I called and you refused to answer, I stretch out my hand and no one has paid attention [to my offer]

And you treated all my council as nothing and would not accept my reprimand, I also will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when your dread and panic come, when your dread and panic come like a storm, and your disaster comes like a whirlwind, when anxiety and distress come upon you [as retribution]” — Amplified version

“Wisdom: in Hebrew is ‘Chokmah’; a feminine noun. Wisdom in war, in technical work, in administration. Shrewdness, cleverness.

a) of God, as a divine attribute or energy

b) the divine wisdom is personified.


he ability to discern inner qualities and relationships: insight. The teachings of the ancient wise men. The right use or exercise of knowledge; the choice of laudable ends, and of the best means to accomplish them. This is wisdom in act, effect of practice. If wisdom is to be considered as a faculty of the mind, it is the faculty of discerning or judging what is most just, proper and useful, and if it is to be considered as an acquirement, it is the knowledge and use of what is best, most just, most proper, most conducive to property or happiness. Wisdom in the first sense, or practical wisdom is nearly synonymous with discretion. Wisdom is the exercise of sound judgment either in avoiding evils or attempting good. — Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

“Christ Himself is Wisdom. Three sorts of persons are here called by Him. 1. Simple ones. Sinners are fond of their simple notions of good and evil, their simple prejudices against the ways of God, and flatter themselves in their wickedness. 2. Scorners. Proud, jovial people, that make a jest of everything. Scoffers at religion, that run down everything sacred or serious. 3. Fools. Those are the worst of fools that hate to be taught, and have a rooted dislike to serious godliness. The precept is plain; Turn you at my reproof. We do not make a right use of reproofs, if we do not turn from evil to that which is good. The promises are very encouraging. Men cannot turn by any power of their own; but God answers, Behold I will pour out My  Spirit on you… The love of Christ, and the promises mingled with His reproofs, surely should have the attention of everyone….Are we yet despisers of wisdom? Let us hearken diligently, and obey the Lord Jesus, that we may enjoy peace of conscience and confidence in God; be free from evil, in life, in death, and forever.” — Matthew Henry 

Verse related to Business — ‘The city gate’ is mentioned throughout the Bible. A place where matters were discussed, wise men and leaders sat and discussed matters. One distinctive time it is mentioned is in Ruth 4:1-12. It is a place of importance. I always thought it was interesting Wisdom called out at the public square and city gate, demonstrating that Wisdom is not hiding, and her call is meant for all to hear.

I include this passage because it is the basis of the proverbs. Wisdom’s call is scattered and flourishing through the proverbs, and can be found anywhere in the Bible.

It is easy to love being simple (or naïve, lacking in knowledge); to be lazy or take an obsession in worldly things that won’t last. It’s like sugar; it won’t last.

It’s also easy to purposefully disregard wisdom; good advice, or your own conscience. Even worse, it is possible – and easy – to mock sound judgment. When one thinks one knows better, you can easily mock someone’s advice. When one knows, deep down, you should follow the sound judgment, it can be easier to mock it than to change your ways.

In this passage, it’s clear that, even when you’re simple and/or a mocker, you can still turn to wisdom. If you continue on your current path, you will eventually fail, but simply because you’re simple doesn’t mean you can’t change.

wisdom will mock when calamity comes. It will mock the situation. It will not mock you.


his situation is true in all of life, including running a business or being employed. We can be given sound advice about running a business or being good employees, and we disregard it.

Then, when ‘calamity’ comes, the sound advice will mock us, and wiser people will learn from the situation.

Bible Study on Vocation, Pt. 1

I started a study on Bible verses helpful for running an online business. What I found is suitable for any job a Christian is employed at, but I direct this specifically to small businesses of all variety. 

There is a wealth of knowledge to be found in the Bible, and tons of stuff that can help you in your small business or regular job. But here’s what I’ve figured out… so far.

I take a look at a verse or passage (always in NIV translation), and then, if I find another translation interesting, I share that as well. And then, because I love to know the meaning of words, I occasionally look into that too, and will share how the verse can be related to running a business as a Christian.

So, here goes.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline” — Proverbs 1:7

“The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshipping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning and preeminent part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but arrogant fools despise [skillful and godly] wisdom and instruction and self-discipline” — Amplified version

“Fear as a response to God and His deeds is so important an aspect of Biblical living and faith that Fear actually occurs as an epithet of God Himself. Jacob describes the Lord as the “Fear of Isaac” his father (Gen. 31:42), and suggesting that Isaac had such reverential submission to the Lord that the Lord, to him, was the embodiment of fear. Usually, however, the fear of the Lord is an inducement to obedience and service: to fear God is to do His will. This equation appears most prominently in covenant contexts, especially Deuteronomy, where the appeal is to serve the Lord as evidence of proper recognition of His sovereignty. The Lord as King demands and deserves the awesome respect of His people, a respect that issues in obedient service.”  —- Eugene H. Merril

“The word most often translated in the Old Testament s Fear is the Hebrew word (transliterated as yirah) which can possibly mean fear, but also means Awe, Reverence, respect, and Devotion. A closely related Hebrew word (transliterated as yare) which can mean fearful, but also means to stand in awe, reverence or honor.”

“Knowledge: A clear and certain perception of that which exists, or of truth and fact; the perception of the connection and agreement, or disagreement and repugnancy of our ideas. Learning; illumination of mind.” — Webster 1828 Dictionary

“Discipline: Education; instruction; cultivation and improvement, comprehending instruction in arts, sciences, correct sentiments, morals and manners, and due subordination to authority. Correction; chastisement; punishment intended to correct crimes or errors” — Webster 1828 Dictionary

“Fools are persons who have no true wisdom, who follow their devices, without regard to reason, or reverence for God. Children are reasonable creatures, and when we tell them what we must do, we must tell them why. But they are corrupt and wilful, therefore with the instruction there is need of a law. Let Divine truths and commands be to us most honorable; let us value them, and then they shall be so to us.” — Matthew Henry

Proverbs 1:7 related to business: to fear (reverently respect) the Lord is how you can expect to gain wisdom. Everyone wants to succeed in life with as few failures or difficulties as possible.

I always found it interesting that, if you want to gain knowledge, you need to fear the Lord, and give Him the honor and respect due to Him.

Proverbs 1:5-7 says: “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Therefore, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of understanding anything worth knowing about.

Furthermore, fearing the Lord and understanding His word and will is how to learn what is worth understanding, and what is a waste of time. This can be understood elsewhere in the Bible.

“Fools despise wisdom and discipline”… is not only an indication of what you are if you do not fear the Lord, it also suggests that if you do not fear the Lord, you are in direct opposition to the Lord. There is no in-between. Again, this is evident elsewhere in the Bible (Mark 9:38-41)

Chapter Endings and Cliff-Hangers

It’s been a while since I’ve written here. To do a brief catch-up, I am doing camp NaNoWriMo this month, and my novel is titled, for now, Three Ways to Death. It’s about an assassin person who is sent to retrieve a deadly weapon from inside the minds of three comatose people. (I know, it probably sounds like Inception, but I actually have more of Interstellar on my playlist)

I haven’t been very easily inspired to write here, and I especially like it when I can write about some curiosity in writing that I feel like talking about. And I have just run into one, and so I gladly took the chance to write here, sense I’ve been wanting to do another post, but I’ve been unable to come up with something to write that I would be interested in reading.

I was just finishing my first chapter (a bit later than I liked) at the point when my character was going to go into the shared mind of the three people. I came to an interesting dilemma of how to end the chapter. Actually it wasn’t a dilemma, because I had automatically wanted to end the chapter when he left the real world, and before he was going to enter the ‘dream’ world. However, here is where I could have easily ended the chapter:

“Are you all ready?”

“You tell me,” Anear said. He then suddenly asked, “What can I expect to find when I get there? Will I actually see and communicate with Proven, Kindle and Merrick?”

“I really don’t know. Alright, if you’re ready…” she started typing on a keyboard.

Anear clenched his jaw, and closed his eye, uncertain of what to expect.

“I’m switching you over,” she said, hesitantly.

Anear heard a final button pushed and then all reality seemed to change.

The chapter could have ended here, creating a nice finish in itself. You’re left wondering what ‘reality’ will change to and what will happen next.

However, after I’d considered ending the chapter here, I decided that it didn’t actually create the tension I wanted. For one thing, it is already technically known what’s going to happen next- there can’t be that many options when you go into a shared brain thing (speaking in science-fiction terms, of course). There was also the fact that it sounded too much like many of my other chapter endings. (also, being the writer, I knew there was a twist coming later on, when the chapter would begin as I planned)

So, I went ahead and continued the chapter, finishing with:

He had experienced such a thing once, a long time ago, when he was a kid and had fallen from his family home’s balcony. When he’d woken, for several minutes nothing had made any sense; he didn’t know who or where he was and the world didn’t seem real. It was like that, only it had occurred all at once.

What followed next was the world fell away, and a drowsiness came over him that was so powerful and unexpected that he gave into it immediately.

The blackness that came afterwards was of kind unlike even the deepest sleep. There was complete nothingness with no thought. It lasted to the point that Anear could’ve been dead.

Then Anear got past the blackness, and he found himself in a different place.

Now, I’m not actually sure if it creates the same tension the other ending would have had. Finishing with a statement that Anear was in a different place is a little obvious- after all, what else would you expect? But I feel that it doesn’t expect the reader to be amazed at the change. By adding this, I have got the reader past the ‘cliff-hanger’ and now on a comfortable ledge; I’ve gone further by introducing the fact that, at the very beginning of the next chapter, he will be elsewhere. And, though I haven’t said it, the blackness is compared to being deeper than sleep, practically death, and then Anear got somewhere beyond that deathlike nothingness.

The question is now, is beginning the chapter with:

He looked around, and saw that there was a vast, stormy sea around him. It seemed to be sunset, and the light was spreading all across the sky, great powerful clouds alight in orange, deep gray and pink that seemed almost to reach the sea.

– a disappointment, or is it a good disappointment, making the reader want to go on and understand what’s happening?

My Love of Writing

I’m sure it’s confusing for anyone who reads this blog consistently (or as consistently as I write here, anyway). Actually, consistency is a good way not to describe my writing here for the time being. To tell you the truth, this is the first time I’ve actually been inspired to write a post.

I know. I probably shouldn’t admit that. I should make all my readers, or anyone who stumbles on this blog, feel like reading more. Well, I’ll let you know straight and forth (apparently I’m being creative about my phrases) that I do want people to read this blog, and I like writing here. Unfortunately, my creativity just doesn’t lie in this direction. It tends to fizzle out.

A fellow writer and blogger I know of recently said, if you don’t like doing something (blogging being the example) then don’t, because sometimes the fact that you don’t like to do it is really obvious. I do like to blog, as a matter of fact, as long as I have something definite to talk about. But when she said that, it made me realize, if I can’t think of something to say, or if I don’t feel like blogging, then don’t because forcing yourself won’t help. And that is one reason why I haven’t been blogging lately, even though I feel like I really should be doing as much as I can to further my writing career- in the same way someone who is sinking gasps for air and panics before being pulled down.

Now, to get back to what I was saying at the beginning of this post, anyone who reads Felicity Prose on a regular basis is probably confused by now, because I am repeating myself. I have said all this before. I’ve told people repeatedly that I love to write, life is crazy, I don’t know where I’m going to go with my writing career, and, more recently, that I’ll have to put it on the back burner for the moment due to other creative endeavors. And I wouldn’t be at all surprised if what I’m unintentionally telling people is that I’m very confused, uncertain and I certainly don’t like writing, but, if anything, I’m only delaying something inevitable.

Well, let me get it all explained now. I’ve heard quite often, and even seen on blogs recently, that sometimes a person can a gift to understand or see the world in a way that no one else can. Musicians, painters, writers, mathematicians- you name it. Even my sister, who paints, kind of does it. I’ve seen writing blogs where the person says that writing is necessary to them. Well, that’s probably one reason why it took me a while to realize I like writing, because I kept expecting there to be some moment when I would walk into a room and start creating whole stories around the people in the room. It never happened.

And then, I’m sure people really wonder about me when I say that I ‘decided’ to write a story because I felt like writing about some ‘subject’, as though I had suddenly caught a craving for chocolate. To me, that does not sound like I’m serious about what I’m talking about.

Well, writing is not necessary to me. Not as necessary as the air I breathe. But I love doing it. Sometimes it hits me. It’s not just a hobby. It’s not just something that’s caught my fancy. I actually really like doing it. Believe me, I’m lazy. I wouldn’t have even got this far, or thought about getting further, if I didn’t actually really like it. And as to writing about some subject that suddenly caught my attention, well, I don’t really have anything to say about that. I guess it’s just my method, and partly based on why I started writing in the first place. I will say that these things I ‘pick up’, I take seriously.

This is my statement of my love for writing. It’s a little odd. Inspiration for blogging doesn’t always make sense. I will say to any fellow writers (or want-to-be-writers) out there. If you’re expecting a moment when you’ll walk into a room and see characters and stories rather than a real people (basically have a genius moment) don’t wait for it. It may happen, it may not. However if you see a strangely cheerful man in a suit walk by, and you suddenly feel like writing a Ballad of the Happy Businessman, that’s good enough reason to try out writing.

Happy writing all!

150 Years From Death

Okay, saying the Civil War is death is a bit drastic. It is one of the bloodiest wars, and one of the most significant events in American history, so that’s why I said today is 150 years from death- plus it sounds cool.

I knew the anniversary was coming up pretty soon, but I didn’t realize it was this soon! So I would’ve made up a different post, probably a study in the characters of some of that war’s generals, and my own opinion of them, but like I said, I forgot my days- or rather years. Anyway, a less pleasant (if that’s what you can call it at all) milestone will be coming up in about a week to mark the death of Abraham Lincoln, and maybe I’ll have something made up by then.

Today is actually an interesting day for me to look back on the strange mirroring of my life to the Civil War. 155 years ago, in 1861, the war began. 5 years later, America would be a different country. Similarly, 5 years ago I had barely any interest in the Civil War. We got a Times magazine and I remember not carrying very much about it. 5 years later, here I am- not an expert in the Civil War, but I wouldn’t mind being an expert some day. And I certainly hope I can get that Times magazine.

Now, sense I haven’t planned anything properly to commemorate this day (except a Civil War tea party tomorrow, completely accidentally planned to coincide with the war’s end) I’ll put up an excerpt from my Civil War trilogy, in partial celebration to life taking me in unexpected directions, so that I know what I do today of the Civil War.

A short synopsis of my story is that two men are sent to the past to observe a great battle in American history- Gettysburg. They’re not supposed to interfere or get involved, but of course Mark, the main character, can’t stand staying out.

I don’t generally write war or battle scenes (problematic for NaNoWriMo) but this scene is one of the bloodiest in my novel. But if you’re going to send your characters into the Gettysburg battle, they’d better come out with more than a scratch, and you’d better be ready to write it! So, here it is:

Mark listened to the sound of war awhile, for a time unmoving. But then he slowly started to come forward, his steps determined. He looked straight ahead, drawn to the battle by the captivating and forceful sounds.

Suddenly the explosions became greater around where they were. The loose dirt shook slightly with the strength of the rumbling, the edge of the hill, leading down to the main fighting, seemed to be taking a great deal of the explosions. One of the trees suddenly bent over, its roots hit by some debris. A rock went flying by, followed by several rocks, flying every which way.

Mark suddenly picked up his pace, almost going at a run, unaware of Jeremy calling to him to stop. He ran forward, trying to make it to the edge to see over and see what was happening. He wavered when some of the dirt suddenly flew up, showing the force of the hit.

The cries of men could be heard, either the cries of an attack or a retreat. Suddenly one voice could be heard above the others. It was coming nearer, suddenly very close.

Suddenly a man appeared over the ridge, running to get up the hill and away from the fighting. It was Harper, looking filthy, bloody and frightened. He had nearly made it to the top when there was another explosion- and the lower half of his body was suddenly gone.

Mark drew back violently, checked in his run. He stared in horror at the dead half of the man and then, quickly looking away, ran on in a slightly different direction.

But the enemy had apparently lifted their aim, so that Mark was immediately aware of explosions around him. Bullets, debris and huge things flew past him. He fell to the ground before he was aware that he needed to hide from the attack, and remained there, for a second too confused and frightened to do anything.

He looked around and, seeing a rock near the edge that would shield him, he quickly went for that. First he stood up, crouching low to the ground, then finding even that was a danger, as something whizzed past his ear, he crawled very low to the ground to his final destination.

Once he reached his goal there was no chance for him to relax. The guns continued to fire, hitting from all directions. It seemed that the enemy could attack from any position, and it seemed they were successfully destroying everything.

Below him Mark could see the battle raging as though it was being fought between hell-crazed demons, screaming and yelling men at each other’s throats, firing their weapons at anything that moved as quickly as they could. To Mark’s untrained, amazed eyes, the scene below looked impossibly, horribly confused. There was no telling what was happening, even the commanding officers; standing at various points did not look like they understood it completely. They went back and forth, shouting orders, watching the progress- or trying to sort it all out.

The Near Side’s uniforms were, generally, of a moss green sort, while the Far Side’s uniforms were a dark burnt gray- but mingled together there was no telling them apart. They had combined and were fighting back to back, one constant attack after another.

Somehow, in the confusion that slowly seemed to spread, Mark and Jeremy got involved. It started when one of the explosions finally managed to knock enough ground loose beneath Mark so that it crumbled beneath him. He found himself falling into the rage of the fighting and, before he understood what had happened he was responding to the immediate danger.

He picked himself up from the dirt and defended himself from a man that seemed so enraged by the appearance of the foe that he was attacking anyone that came in his way.

Mark had just received a hard knock against the head from the butt of the man’s rifle, and he had savagely struck back, when Jeremy suddenly appeared. He had seen Mark go over the side, into the depth of the battle, and rushed forward; taking the same risks Mark had to get to the edge.

The next few hours passed in a strange blur. Somehow, unwillingly, both the travelers got involved in the very thing they had been trying to avoid. They fought, but merely to save their own skins. They tried their best to stay out of the way, constantly trying to get away from the trouble but somehow never succeeding. Every time they would nearly make it back up the hill something would stop them, another, horrible explosion, a strong, angry hand, the glance over the shoulder.

And something else drew them away from safety. It was the excitement of the battle. They felt strength and adrenaline moving through their bodies, so that they were as unaware of the passing of time as they were unaware of what was really happening. They found that they could fight, very easily. Death was all around them, men lying in heaps, staring up at the sky with strange eyes, but they felt as though they couldn’t get hurt, not even by a bullet.

The sun moved across the sky, unheeded by the men fighting below. It was a hot day, still and dead. The air filled with the smell of gunfire, smoke and burning flesh, close and thick.

The hours flitted past, not showing any change in the fighting. Gradually, as the sun started to near the other side of the sky, the battle started to ebb- but it didn’t show any signs of stopping.

The shots and explosions continued ceaselessly and torturously, pushing the men on. But there were no longer any war cries. The wind had taken all such anger out of the men, only allowing them to fight on. Other cries, of despair and hopelessness rose in the air; oblivious of how dry and empty the air was of anything breathable.

Finally night started to come on, unnoticeable. The order went out to cease fighting, on both sides. But it went unnoticed for the most part, the men merely wanting to fight on until it was over.

Slowly, night settled, merely darkening the scene of the battle, so that the enemies fought on against each other in the darkness.