FREE STORY: War of the Red Planet
I browse Terrible Minds (http://terribleminds.com) and this Flash Fiction Challenge was posted. I did what was said, and I rolled sub-genre Parallel Universe, setting a Martian Greenhouse and plot element to include Warring Families. Many ideas instantly came to mind, but the most vivid was the image of a man dropping dead onto the ground, with his blood running red into the dust of Mars. So I started with that, and came up with War of the Red Planet.
The body fell to the ground, stirring up the dust and coloring everything around it a dull rust-colored red. The red dirt mixed with the blood, creating a river of liquid rust that flowed away from Nathan’s kill. Just another day in the fight. Just another day on this great planet. He sometimes wished he knew what this was all about, why the fought, why he was killing people he knew deep down were family. Even if his Grandfather didn’t want to admit it.