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.
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.”
“We get it. Just shut up.”