Write about: perseverance.
Work at the bakery was surprisingly fine this morning, other than when I had to crouch down to grab something. That was when my five hours of, essentially, doing squats yesterday chose to rear its ugly head.
Haircuts went smoothly after lunch. Strawberries were, as expected, much appreciated. I think Max only mooched one of them too.
Back at the bakery tomorrow morning. Going to try to get some extra rest tonight.
"Good evening, men. And it is a good evening, isn't it? For we are still here, together. Still breathing. Still fighting!"
"Certainly, we have endured more than our fair share of casualties thus far. There can be no denying that. But we may be beaten down, we are not defeated! We refuse to raise that despicable white flag. We force the enemy to earn every single step that they take forward."
"Excuse me, sir?"
"And let us not forget that their losses are many as well! We have wounded them at every opportunity, reducing their numbers as they reduce ours. Our ferocious will gives them pause, our unflagging fury forces them to reconsider every foray into battle."
"None of us shall return home unmarked. I myself have been rendered blind and deaf in one ear."
"Oh, right. I forgot."
"But we are heroes, men! Heroes! We honour our country with our every sacrifice! We must persevere, for the sake of our children, and our children's children! And may-"
"... what is it now, Percival? Can't you see I'm motivating my soldiers?"
"No, sir, you're not."
"That's insubordination, Percival. I won't have you disparaging my oratory skills. Especially not in front of these fine warriors!"
"Sir, there are no soldiers here. It's just you and me."
"What? What are you going on about?"
"All your men - those few who are still alive at any rate - have deserted and gone into hiding."
"... My God, man. So it's just the two of us left, to make a noble, final stand. I know you won't leave my side, Percival."
"... No, sir. Of course not. Though I should warn you, I seem to be coming down with something. It feels, and I hate to say this, but it feels like it might be my laryngitis flaring up again..."