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Admonition"Tell me why you refused to cooperate with the rest of your team to complete the objective."
The Lieutenant Commander's voice was stern, but oddly paternal. Yet it did nothing to sway the young girl; instead of responding, she just set her jaw and remained silent. Kurt resisted the urge to sigh. Her reticence to explain herself was one of the reasons why she endured so much discipline from the drill instructors, yet she refused to correct the problem. He respected her toughness, but disapproved of its rebellious nature.
From day one he had known B312 would be different. The initiation test had gone well for her; she landed her Falcon Wing, extricated herself, and sneaked all the way back to the airfield where Kurt waited in his MJOLNIR armor. She had been the first to approach him half-limping and bloodied and he had congratulated her for the effort. But what he perceived as determination was merely raw stubbornness; Theresa-B312, or "Tess" as she demanded to be called, had to be liter
Bird Kids in the NEST ch. 2
Okay, Max. Inhale, exhale. Analyze the situation calmly
We have been attacked by an F-22 with funky tattoos that's not really an F-22 with funky tattoos, it's omigosh freaking ALIVE and folds out like giant evil metal origami monster.
Said giant evil origami monster is a robot with glaring red eyes. And it's holding Angel like it's gonna crush her into little squishy bits. Need I say more?
"EVASIVE ACTION!" I yelled, tucking my wings in and dropping straight down like a feathery dead weight. The Flock scattered. I barely avoided colliding with the thing's giant metal leg or maybe it was an arm. I was kind of too preoccupied with its blazing red eyes to notice. They locked onto me and never left.
"Hold still!" the monster hissed. Its voice was a metallic, gravelly, deep sound that made my neck hair stand on end. It swiped at us, trying to snag us with its free clawlike metal hand. We swooped around frantically, trying to avoid capture.
"AWESOME!" the Gasman crowed. I rolled
BKITN Chapter 1
Ah, what a lovely day. A clear blue sky, perfect puffy little white clouds like you see in story books, and the round yellow sun shining down peacefully on the green, green earth.
Instead, it goes something like this:
The day sucks. The sky is cloudy and I keep running into bugs that get stuck in my every facial orifice. The clouds look like cotton candy that's been rotting under Gazzy's bed for a month. The sun, when it actually comes out from behind the clouds, is so bright it's gonna fry my eyeballs, I swear.
Being a bird kid has its down side.
I wiped the bajillionth dead insect from my cheek, spit out another one, and glanced behind me to make sure the flock was keeping up. "Everyone OK back there?" I hollered, struggling to make myself heard over the high wind.
Five pairs of eyes met mine. Iggy's blind, but somehow me manages to make perfect eye contact with me. Creepy.
Nudge was spitting out not bugs, but her own hair. "This wind is for the birds!" she complained, pumping h
Excerpt from Firefight -WIP-"So. Remind me whose brilliant idea this was again?"
Emile punctuated his question with a blast from his shotgun, gutting a Grunt that had actually been running away. He then turned and assassinated the other fleeing Grunt, snapping its neck and throwing the body aside.
"I think it was Kat's. Or Cortana's. They fight over who gets to tweak with the settings," Noble Six told him, scanning the area for more threats through the scope of her DMR. "Looks clear. We should head back into the building-- these guys appear out of nowhere."
"Leave it to Cortana to disable the dropships," Emile groaned, following Six up the hill.
They went in the back way and made a beeline for the ammo refill station. While Emile was shoving more shells into his shotgun, he continued to gripe. "And what's her deal, anyway? I mean, it doesn't even have to be bottomless clip, just regular ole' infinite ammo. I guess she likes running back and forth to this stupid thing."
"She's just trying to make it
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