Prompt for January 21, 2015

Complete the short story / flash fiction, that has the following first paragraph:

“I won’t lie to you,” he said as he climbed the last step and turned around.  The crowd looked at him expectantly, waiting for some comfort. “The odds are against us and they are very long odds.  But I’m not worried.  I’m not scared.  As we face the abyss I’ve got something that they don’t.  I’ve got something that they need.  I’ve got you.  And as human beings we have shown the universe that long odds are something that we excel at beating.  As human beings we have spread out into the galaxy, igniting the spark of life on thousands of world.  We have shown the hand of compassion when needed and the hand of steel when forced.  Now is one of those times.  We will defeat our enemy and we will make him beg to see our compassion.”

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