Fire Through Cotton

The instructors try to keep things quiet, but that never, ever works.  The truth moves like fire through cotton, changing and brightening as it goes: students are being taken by Something Unknown.

The first gone was Edwin, on duty at the flight shed.  Then Marcus and Raymond.  Then a girl named Penelope.

Then Jeremy.

Shakti is pissed.

“Listen,” she tells James and some others.  “You know how this goes.”

“God,” says James.  “This is such a fucking cliche.”

“They’re not going to do anything.  It’s up-”

“Don’t.  Don’t say it’s up to us.”

“But -”

“We get it. Just shut up.”


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