On the Square
|On the Square|
|First published||29 April 2005|
|Era||Civil War era|
|Timeline||12 August 3067|
On the Square is a short story by Jason Schmetzer that was published online on BattleCorps on 29 April 2005. It was also published in print in the second BattleCorps print anthology, First Strike, in 2010.
|“||Read our latest author, Jason Schmetzer's tale of a Taurian Infantry maniple during a pirate raid.||”|
As Tortuga Dominion pirates with 'Mech support raid the city of Sawyer on Charleston, Corporal David Talbot and his infantry maniple experience their first combat action. In the chaotic urban fighting they are eventually confronted by a Phoenix Hawk, but since its cockpit is already damaged Talbot can shoot the pilot from an elevated position.
He awakens on a stretcher to find that he lost an arm in the fight and that only one other trooper besides him survived; but he managed the unthinkable and downed a BattleMech!