His guts were aching with fear. Run he thought. His legs froze. His mind screamed at him to run. He couldn't go forward because of the death he faced. He couldn't run because he would be a coward. He froze, unable to act He could not be a hero and he would not be a coward. He faced the death of war or the thousand deaths of a coward. He heard the shell scream but never heard it explode.
His mother received a letter telling her how brave he had been.