The Official Writing Challenge
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This reminded me of some of the stories I have read about the boy-soldiers, some of whom kill their own families as a test of loyalty to their new masters. A grim reminder, but with a ray of hope. Well done.
How you got into the thoughts of this particular mother and expressed them shows the excellence of your creative ability.
Your details are heartwrenching, and your style, as ever, is impeccable. Well done.
So very sad.
Wow - you packed a lot into this one. Great descriptions that demanded an emotional response. Possible novel here? Keep writing.
This gives me shivers; not just because of your excellent writing but more because I know in many spots of the earth this is happening right now. Thank you for reminding me to stop and pray for those families right now.
Oh, my. What a heartrending story, so well told. Thank you.
Heartbreaking! I can't even begin to imagine yet you took us to this place. Like others, this gave me chills. A truly excellent writing piece.
Congratulations on your EC. Well-deserved for this heart-wrenching story.
Well, Melony, your little soldier marched right up to another EC. Congrats!
Powerful piece. It's sad to think this story is played out all over the world.

Congratulations on your 3rd place win.