Title: Waterloo Teeth
Character: original character
Summary: Two days after the Battle of Dunkirk, survivors come out of hiding.
Warning: Graphic depiction of death. This is not, I repeat, NOT a happy story.
Word Count: 164
Prompt: 365, writing on the body
Author's Notes: This follows the story I wrote for prompt 334, BRASS: https://archiveofourown.org/works/16277762
The boy adjusted the kerchief around his nose. It had been two days since the guns had stopped firing. He ignored the stench of corpses around him and riffled through the jacket on the soldier before him. The body was starting to bloat but the clothes were still in good shape. His countryman had died from a bullet to the head while fighting with the Englishmen who’d died around him giving as many as possible a chance to escape the beaches.
The Germans had already retrieved any weapons the dead and captured soldiers had dropped. He quickly unbuttoned the shirt to strip the man. Winter was months away, but the boy knew it was going to be a long war. If his family was going to survive, they’d need what he could scavenge. As he pulled the shirt away from the soldier’s skin, he saw a tattoo over the man’s heart. He couldn’t help reading it: Lancelot du Lac; Troyes, France; A+; épousé Guinevere