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Edge of Thorns 4 - Pt 17Part 17
He's never had a reaction this bad before. I need to figure out what's setting off his senses and then get both of us out of here. Now!
Nathan touched his shoulder again, ignoring to heat while he quickly scanned the rooftop. How close was close? It didn't help that there was minimal light out there (a few scattered garden lamps and the ambient glow from the streets below), and the longer he searched and saw nothing, the quicker his panic rose. Scott began to sob.
"Make... it... stop..." he begged between gasps for air, his body drenched in sweat despite the freezing air outside, making his shivering worse. "God... please..."
"I'm trying!" Nathan swore to him, terrified and confused. He didn't know what else he could do but get off the roof. He saw nothing, couldn't sense whatever was plaguing his friend, and didn't know how to make it stop. Escaping whatever it was seemed to be their only option, but without knowing where it was coming from,
Poetic PsychosisIn thirty seconds, the next shell would fall. Every night was the same, but every night Lorenzo experienced it as if it were the first time. His throat felt swollen; breathing was hard. He glanced around at the others; young men like him who had been shipped out in the name of honour and freedom. There was no honour in this, no freedom. Only death behind your eyelids, and a fear so gutting, that it carved out your innards and left you a hollow husk. Lorenzo tried to breathe, tried to assure himself that he was still whole, still made of flesh. They had lied when they told him he was ready.
Matteo ran towards him, arms out, rifle swinging uselessly at his side. He shouted for him to run, but Lorenzo remained motionless, unable to move as his friend’s warning was lost in the constant blare of gunfire. None of them were ready.
“The cycle is repeating. It is not safe.” The voice was soft and weak, yet it carried over the gunfire and battle cries without impediment.
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