Ramming Speed by Mark Henrikson
Approx. 4,980 words.
Published on August 26, 2012.
Generations of intergalactic war come down to one climactic battle. Neither side can even remember what the conflict is about anymore. They simply battle on as they are told to do until one man dares to challenge the status quo; dares to engage his enemy in dialogue rather than combat. The end result is less destructive, but perhaps more productive. . .