Ye gods and little fishes, not another prologue thread. Yeah, another prologue thread. I've talked with several disabled veterans, specifically those who were hurt by explosives. With a few exceptions, most of them give short answers when asked, "What happened?" "Grenade." "IED." "Bad day." This includes when they converse with other service members, again with a few exceptions. I'm grateful for those who hang a lantern on it and show what they've gone through, and I think every kid who visits a recruiter with a "war is cool" mindset ought to have a DI's foot broken off in their blessed assurance (or maybe just be required to meet with the guys I talked to). For my story, there comes a point where Vincent tells Blair what happened to him. Early feedback said it was a realistic discussion, but it lacked the kind of detail that would juxtapose with the emotions that follow that discussion. Blair has been through her own trauma, so she gets what Vincent is saying without needing the play-by-play. The readers who haven't been in combat or in the military might need a more visceral image. One reader said they didn't realize Vincent had been severely injured up front, and it jolted them out of the story to readjust their mental image of him. I'd mentioned scars and his cane and pain pills, but they didn't see how severely disfigured he is until later. Thus, I'm considering a prologue outside the timeline of my story that details what happened to Vincent. He was in combat and got winged by a grenade, then burned by fuel from a damaged vehicle. He was also shot several times. The prologue would cover him getting his orders for the mission, the mission itself, then Vincent waking up in the hospital to find out his best friend died saving his life. It would end with the worst news: despite his injuries, Vincent is going to live, albeit in considerable pain for the rest of his life.