Gate Opening Day

Today is Gate Opening Day. The whole village stands at the gate, rank and file. All able-bodied villagers over the age of sixteen. We stand with weapons in our hands—weapons we wield with varying skill.

Today, the Visitors arrive. From all over the universe, they will pour through the Gate. They want what we have. We defend a secret—a secret only the village’s most trusted elders know. And we defend it from everyone.

They want it for many reasons. But we do not care for reasons. We only defend.

Until the Gates close, we defend.

Today is Gate Opening Day.

By Arsh Kabra

The most boring person at any given party.

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