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I Do This For You

by Adam J. Whitlatch

My armor’s growing heavy, the weight bearing down on shoulders already burdened with the stress of this endless war and I can’t help but ask myself, “What’s it all for anyway?” I look down into the black, expressionless visor of the helmet clutched in my metal hands, but it doesn’t offer any answers. A fat, wet raindrop splatters against the visor and streams down the contours of my helmet like a teardrop - tears of God. I look up and see the first of the mechs – heavily-armed and merciless death machines – rounding the corner and marching toward me, followed by nine more and at least five dozen of the Khan’s best storm troopers and I don my helmet with a sigh, the hissing of the airtight seal around my neck covering the sound of my lament. Just another day in the E.R.A., I tell myself as I surge forward to engage the first mech. I do this for you.

6S

Adam J. Whitlatch is the author of several horror and science fiction short stories, but right now his epic novel "E.R.A. – Earth Realm Army" is demanding most of his attention. "E.R.A." is a work of fiction... except for the parts that aren’t. (Adam's complete works on 6S can be found here.)

8 comments:

Joe said...

An epic six written by the master, Mr. Whitlatch. He is one to watch. A fine six as cinematic as they come. Makes one wonder what mercenary black ops war Mr. Whitlatch is part of, but not telling us!

Anonymous said...

very well done, Adam.
caccy46

Leatherdykeuk said...

Excellent piece. Not sure of the setting but it doesn't matter. This could be placed in any time.

Kevin Michaels said...

Excellent stuff - I think Adam's imagery and descriptions are second to none. Like Joe said - there's a really strong cinematic flavor to everything Adam writes and he captures the feelings of despair and angst perfectly.

Anonymous said...

Whitlatch rules.

Libby said...

Awesomeness as always dear.

Blurry said...

Joe is right...very cinematic! Excellent 6S!

Anonymous said...

Whitlatch, you are a genius!