Bullet Points

A speculative fiction blog to capture the complexity, tragedy, and hope of warfare and violence in human (and nonhuman) society.

Hounds

JT Gill

January 15, 2023

Carlisle—the hulking guard from D Wing—wakes me with a grunt and a nudge.

“Warden needs you,” he rumbles, his black form shifting in the darkness.

I dress in the dark, Carlisle’s silhouette at the door, arms crossed. My optic reads 3:42 AM, which narrows the realm of possibilities as to what this is about… though I have a guess.

Used Armor Smell

A. P. Howell

January 1, 2023

Janot’s armor no longer had that new-armor smell.

New-armor smell was different from new-suit smell; was different from new-car smell and new-carpet smell. But all of those scents pinged something in the human brain, created a sense of purity.

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