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Flashbang Written Monday 16th of February 2015 at 08:00am by Erris

‘Coverrrrrrrrrr!’ Kara screams, just audible over the deafening retorts of ballistic and laser fire. Not audible enough. The flashbang takes my eyes.  I crouch down, gun held tight to my body pointing up.  I start my...

‘Coverrrrrrrrrr!’ Kara screams, just audible over the deafening retorts of ballistic and laser fire.

Not audible enough.

The flashbang takes my eyes.  I crouch down, gun held tight to my body pointing up.  I start my count.  I hope I’m in cover, I hope I’m not pointing the weapon at any of my team.

I hope my team is alive.

The flashbang took my eyes.

I listen to my men fight and fall around me.  Bursts of gunfire, screams of pain, I hear it all.  The pings as shell casings hit the ground, the hiss as lasers vent heat.  The crack and crumble as bullets tear apart the world around us.  Our cover won’t last forever.

Nothing lasts forever.

5.

The flashbang took my eyes.

‘Shit!’ Kara screams as he goes down.  I can’t see him, but I know he’s fallen.  No more sounds of movement, no gunfire.  No breathing in through his teeth in the quick instants of silence that litter any battle.

I can’t see him, but I know he’s fallen.

The flashbang took my eyes.

4.

More gunfire.  ‘Cover me!’ Lars yells.   ‘Nade out!’ Red screams.  I hear him grunt as he tosses the ‘nade.  He stood up to do it again, he keeps doing that.  Kept doing that.  I hear the soft squish of rounds hitting him.  One, three, eight.

3.

Lars curses as Red’s body hits the ground.

Red’s down.  My team drops around me as I crouch, huddled, back against what I still hope is solid cover.  I wish I could see, wish I could fight.  Soon…but the time is stretching.

The flashbang took my eyes.

I notice something as Lars tries to break cover.  He peels left, makes it three steps before something tags him.

2.

I hear him fall; I’m hearing more.  Sensing more.  I know Lars is down.  I don’t know what got him, I can’t see. Silence falls.  My team is down.

The flashbang took my eyes.

1.

The count ends; my eyes clear.  I can see.  My team, bodies torn apart, lie around me.  Red, a look of surprise on his face.  Kara, three holes in his chest, just right of center.  I close my eyes.

I’m all that’s left.  There’s no escape, no way out.

The flashbang took my eyes, but it gave me something else.  I listen; they know I’m hiding.  They’re moving to flank me, one going around to either side.  Fine.  I know where they are.

I open my eyes.

I shift my stance, get ready, and then I explode.  I jump over the cover I’d been hiding behind, run straight down the middle of the area, firing straight ahead.  Fire comes from both flanks, left and right.  I get tagged in the right shoulder, a glancing blow, but I’m in the middle.  They’re on either side.  I drop to the ground, rolling, and I hear the flankers tag each other.  They go down, bullet holes in one, laser holes in the other.

Two down.

I’m still crouched when one of them stands out of cover, gun at the ready.

But I’m ready too.

Three shots, a short burst.  I have to conserve ammo; I don’t want to have to reload.

Three shots.

I miss.

His first shot takes me in the right hip.  His second in the left shoulder.  I’m slouched on the ground now; I’m going nowhere.  Their last man stands up, takes aim.

They open fire in sync.

Game over.

***

The message continues to flash as I pull off the headset.  So close.  I breathe in, stretch.  The Sim Pod doesn’t allow much room to move, but…

‘Dammit!’ I hear Lars, coming through the speakers, ‘almost had ‘em!’

‘We really need more practice’ Kara says.  He’s right of course.  We do.

‘Who’s up for another round?’ Red’s always up for another round.  Dude’s crazy.

I smile.

‘Lets do this!’

Erris

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Erris is Canadian. He does some random things for Relay, no-one really knows what, but still they're stuck with him. He’s also written one Young Adult novel that he can’t stand, which can be found here.

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