The Battle Plan

General Hawkins spoke on the phone as he walked through the creche of Earth’s last-living humans. “We’re out of time. We’ll never survive the alien assault.”

Just then, a little girl pulled his sleeve and pointed to toys she’d arranged upon a geometric pattern.

“Joan, don’t bother the General.” Her father smiled shyly at Hawkins. “She plays ‘General’ with her toys.”

Hawkins squinted at the familiar topography, his heart beating faster. “Those aren’t toys.”


“They represent our only completed stealth tank, finding a gap in the alien defenses.”


Hawkins grinned. “Your daughter’s battle plan may have just saved all humanity.”


Written for the Friday Fictioneers:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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27 Responses to The Battle Plan

  1. Dale says:

    As we play, we strategize… who knows where that could lead?

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  2. trishsplace says:

    Well, that’s a lot of pressure on one little girl! 😂

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  3. nice work little girl. Good take!

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  4. We’ll, what a bright little girl and brave too.

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  5. Out of the mouths of babes!! Love the story!

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  6. Lisa Dunn says:

    Oh, I love it! Give her a few more years. By her 16th birthday, she’ll be the protagonist of her own YA dystopian novel!

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  7. Bill says:

    Great story with fun characters. Enjoyed it.

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  8. draliman says:

    Either she’s very clever, or very lucky, or General Hawkins has finally snapped under the pressure!

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  9. Youngsters are beginning to lead the way, particularly with environmental issues right now. She’ll go far I’m sure! Nice one.

    Here’s mine!

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  10. elmowrites says:

    Sometimes kids really are the best at out of the box thinking. Nice take!

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  11. Dear Eric,

    And a child shall lead them. Go General Joan. Fun story.



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  12. GHLearner says:

    She’ll lead the battles until it’s time for her bed-time story. Fun story.


  13. michael1148humphris says:

    Inspiration come from the strangest of places. I hope the stealth tank works.


  14. granonine says:

    Brilliant child to the rescue 🙂


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