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So I was not entirely surprised when five soldiers mutely emerged from the tree line pointing silenced M-16s at me and Durey. At least I was not surprised by their silencers. I was, however, surprised when Col. Kincaid stepped out from behind a tree as well. “Colonel I'm sorry, but my daughter she's...” Kincaid held up a hand to quite him. She then calmly walked over to Durey, held a cylindrical object to his head and pulverized his brain in less than a second. “Drag him behind the tree line” One of the soldiers nodded and began to drag Durey's corpse out of sight. “I can't let it be known that my authority is not being respected by my own soldiers can I?” She said as she walked over to me. “But you, you will be an example to these...people.” She spat the word “You will teach them the importance of obeying me.” With that she punched me quickly in the gut. I doubled over in pain and as I did so she slipped a noose around my neck. “Come on you mongrel, you're attracting the dead.” As she dragged me into the Fort I couldn’t help but feel the weight of the walls. They didn't comfort me anymore. I thought of the old Victorian punishment for witches, putting more and more stones on them until they were crushed to death. I felt like a witch, I felt like an anathema, I felt crushed. The loudspeaker was calling everyone to assemble in the courtyard. The loudspeaker told them to come watch me die. They came to watch me die. I stumbled up the stairs as Kincaid yanked the rope around my neck taught. She began to address the crowd as she led me to the center of the stage where they had set up a makeshift gallows. “This man has endangered all of your lives. He has attempted to leave the Fort. He has disobeyed my orders, and he must now suffer the consequences.” Murmurs shot through the crowd. “Some of you may think this is harsh, but this is the price of safety. Those that would threaten us must be destroyed. If we are to be strong, if we are to survive then we must suffer no dissidents.” “And so this man must be executed, for the safety and protection of this Fort. I do this for you, and remember that a similar punishment awaits all that would endanger this Fort or its occupants.” With that she looked at me, “Any last requests?” “There's nothing” “Well then, Sargen-” There was sound like thunder and the earth quaked. The north wall had a ragged hole torn in it. Durey was a radio technician not a demolition expert. He under estimated the C4 or just accidentally put too much, he also must have screwed up the timer, but he sure did distract everyone. But in all fairness, I severely overestimated those walls. There was absolute chaos. Anarchy and screaming. I thought of that night at my uncles farm. I woke up to the sound of my uncle's yells. I jumped out of bed and ran to the source of the cries. My uncle was in front of the barn. The barn was engulfed in flames, their orange and yellow tongues lapping at the full moon. But worse than the silent sobs of my uncle as he watched his livelihood go up
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in flames were the noises of the animals. They were burning, burning alive, they made such awful
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