//Hey, this isn't much, just a little bit of what I am working on, but I wanted to post what I have as a very quick peek into what it is. Written over the course of about an hour in the middle of class.//
Bullets shredded the environment around me. Bits of concrete fell in slow motion like snowflakes. I teared up at the beauty in the destruction. My eyes followed the rubble as it fell to the ground and danced over my twisted legs. I marvelled at the light glistening in the bloody wounds. I could see how the bone fragments fit together. I saw the flesh twitch as my heart pumped more of my increasingly-precious blood onto the floor. I felt calm.
My squad stood nearby, returning fire on the enemy position. The machine gunner let of a long burst. The casings leapt from the receiver and landed gently on my face, burning the skin. I felt nothing.
The squad leader yelled out, but I couldn’t hear. The others seemed to have, as they moved out of cover and into no man’s land. The world around me had grown dramatically calmer: the rain of shrapnel had stopped, the thumping of gunfire more distant. I was alone. I felt cold
Daniels pulled the plug and marked the file as “No Actionable Intel” before dumping the body into the incinerator. Another grunt who thinks he is being profound in his last moments. Daniels let out a heavy sigh and rubbed her eyes behind her glasses. She’s seen it a thousand times before, and she’ll see it a thousand times more.
In fact, she’s been seeing a lot of bullshit recently. None of the meat sacks going through her station seem to have known anything important. She suspects someone is to blame, probably Travis. Fuck Travis. Daniels knows that he has been bribing the body snatchers to drop off the more important looking bodies at his station before distributing the garbage among the rest. There’s no proof for this claim but Travis’ suspiciously high jackpot rate is enough for Daniels.
She pushed herself away from the slab and grabbed her pack of smokes off her desk. She’d been in deep for a few hours now and could tell by the tingling on her lips that she needs her nicotine fix. As she was leaving her station, a man pushing a body-laden gurney pulled up.
“Got another meat sack, fresh from the field, for ya,” the body snatcher said. It was Talbott. Daniels liked Talbott. He wasn’t as creepy as the rest of the snatchers. She wouldn’t get a drink with him, but she usually didn’t mind talking with him whenever he came around. If any body snatcher were being paid off, it wasn’t him.
“Put him on the slab, I’m going out for a smoke,” Daniels motioned with the cigarettes in her hand.
“Sure thing, boss,” he said as he pushed the gurney past her.
Daniels took off at a brisk pace down the hall. As she walked by Travis’ station, she peered in. The brass was in there yet again as he smugly relayed something obviously important to them. Daniels wanted to dump his smug ass down the incinerator chute. She quickened her pace and considered finishing off the pack before coming back.
A quick elevator ride later and she found herself in the lobby of the morgue, though it had more in common with a military checkpoint these days. The revolt has been good for business but bad for most everything else. Yamaguchi was at his regular post on the outgoing check. Daniels still couldn’t get over how ridiculous he looked in full combat gear despite seeing him this way for the past year.
“You know if you keep smoking that shit you’ll end up on one of those slabs yourself,” he quipped to Daniels.
“Thanks for the heads up, I hadn’t known,” Daniels smirked back as she placed her hand on the chip reader.
“You know they make implants for that, maybe you should check them out, I’m sure with your job the benefits will more than cover it,” the reader scanned as the scanner’s arm lowered over Daniels, making a low whirring noise as it did its job.
“Fuck you,” the light on the terminal flipped to green and the scanner retracted.
“Alright, you’re good to go, have a nice smoke,” Yamaguchi gave her the thumbs up. Daniels flipped him off as she walked away, turning her head so he couldn’t see the slight smile on her face.
-To Be Continued-