A Nodeshell Commando Action
Maltsby was having a hard time
getting his radio
to work. He'd never been required to run one before, but after seeing his radioman on fire
and screaming for his mother as he died, he was happy for the small luxury of even broken communication
! Colonel, come in! Colonel Drops! Shit!"Swearing
did nothing to fix the radio
; banging the circuit box
on the table did no good.
Nothing seemed to be doing any good
Major Maltsby heard the rustle of his tent
flap behind him and he turned to see who had entered. It was Colonel Drops, or rather what was left
of Colonel Drops. He could barely manage
to look at his longtime friend
in his present state, but he had to be strong
and give confidence to his broken, dying officer
"Major! Reports from the front lines
, sir!" As he said this, Drops' eyes rolled wildly in their sockets
, showing the sickly yellow color quickly becoming prominent in the eyes of everyone
"Go ahead Colonel, have a seat."
Colonel drew himself up and balanced on the back
of the chair; it was only when his position changed that Major Maltsby was able to see how bad the injuries were
He didn't have a whole leg left
on either side; parts of his left arm and right shoulder
. And flowing out of every gap
"Major, it's the most terrifying thing I've ever seen. Our intel
really screwed the pooch
on this one. I've got soldiers with no heads, I've got soldiers losing limbs
and pints all over the damn battlefield, and I have nothing to show for it
. We're being completely wiped out and Major..."
The Major observed
his Colonel break down into racking sobs
that looked as if they might tear the remainder of the poor soldier's
"What is it, Drops? We're friends and you are relatively safe
here. What is it?"
Drops looked up, stared Maltsby in the eye and, unflinchingly
"They're animals. They're EATING OUR DEAD! THEY'RE FUCKING TAKING OUR DEAD FROM THE BATTLEFIELD AND EATING THEM!
himself from Maltsby's ever-tightening grip
and fell to the floor, weeping
Maltsby tugged on his chin whiskers
just once before deciding on exactly what he had to do
. He knew that his next action would either win the war
or kill them all
. But either way, all of this would be over
very soon. He stepped out of his tent and callied his armies
to him. They slowly gathered.
Diane rushed around the bathroom
, finishing her normal primping
routines before church. She walked down the stairs, calling to her husband
and son as she descended.
At the bottom of the stairs, she found Eric and Jaimie standing at the big win
dow in the den, staring outside. Curious, she walked over, slid
her arms around Eric's waist and kissed him
She then knelt down to eye-level
with Jaimie and had to repeat his name
several times before she could get
"I asked what you and Daddy are looking at out there, sweet thing
." She hugs him tight
"So baby... what ARE you guys
looking at ou...
As far as the eye can see
, a quivering, thriving blackness
shifted and waned. Every section of street, highway, sidewalk... and as she was looking, millions of little yellow dots
shifted toward the house almost drunk
enly. The darkness began to pulse and move towards her.
and turned to Eric, hoping for some sort of explanation, but that hope was cut short
by the rock that came hurtling through the window and into her husband's blank, lifeless face.
Diane screamed again, louder this time, backing away with his blood on her clothes. She heard voices outside, coming from the blackness. She turned to Jaimie, and grabbed him the shoulders
"Jaimie! What's going on!? What's out there? WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?!
Jaimie smiled at his mother and pointed without looking away
"It's okay mommy... it's the easter bunnies
. Just the chocolate easter bunnies