A prompt response for Master Class ~ ANXIOUS PEACE
By John Yeo
The fighting was bloody, countryman against countryman. Explosions were tearing the country to bits. The stench of death and blood was so close it turned the stomachs of the most battle-hardened warriors.
The stone farmhouses were dilapidated and dirty providing a temporary lodging place for the refugees from the war.
Amy’s husband was away fighting on the borders.
The birth pains were terrible Amy struggled and pushed as hard as she could, but the child refused to enter the world. This reluctance was causing a great deal of anxiety to the village midwife who was begging her to really try hard.
“Push darling, push harder. Your baby is almost here!”
Finally, a healthy baby was delivered, closely followed by another.
“Two!” exclaimed the village midwife. “You have two wonderful strong young twin boys.”
Sadly there was no reply from the mother. It was a difficult birth and the midwife was unable to save Amy, who died from a massive hemorrhage.
A fire broke out in the kitchen of the farmhouse where the two young men were born. Villagers rushed to help the rescuers evacuate the inhabitants.
The guns were getting closer, the fighting was fierce. This internecine war had been going on for years. The leader said we would have to evacuate our homes and leave.
The refugees suffered much deprivation and hardship as they traveled across the country seeking sanctuary.
The babies were separated and taken to different parts of the war-torn country.
One brother, Amin went north to a small township, where the war quickly changed the ruling faction and he was raised as his dead father’s enemy. A father he would never meet.
Emir was dragged south and raised by a family loyal to the reigning powers.
They grew to manhood separately, raised amid the hardship and deprivation both quickly becoming strong quick adults.
There was a gasp from the assembled hierarchy when the two leaders of the warring factions met.
The two sides met to begin a peace process. Separate histories, separate beliefs. Yet brothers by birth who would begin to try to do the seemingly impossible and strive to begin life in an anxious peace.
They were identical, in looks. Two people who had never met, yet they had risen to command two different factions. Fighting the same war on opposite sides. Peace negotiations began between twin siblings separated at birth who were both chasing the same dream from different parts of the country.
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