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Day 52 – Jump To The Beat – Short Story

“It’s all going to be okay, you just have to trust me and we’ll all make it out, okay?” he says as he holds his hand out towards her, she looks at his hand and then up into his eyes, then to his nose and his lips, she slightly tilts her head as she studies the droplets of spit that dance across his lips and then down to the pulsating vein that beats in his neck, flushing his body, with the rich, life giving blood and she clutches his hand and smiles.

“I knew you’d find me, I knew you wouldn’t leave me to rot down here,” she says as she hugs him close and digs her head into his neck, breathing in a deep whiff of his odour, and she feels her knees go weak.

“I told you I’d find you no matter what, as long as I still have breath, you know I’ll find you,” he says as he pulls her away and places a hand on her chin. “Are you read?”

“I guess I don’t really have much of a choice,” she says with a nervous smile.

“I wish there was another way, but we’re so deep inside their hive that the only way out is through the front door.”

“How, they must know you’re inside by now, they’re a collective, one mind with a thousand different arms, we’ll never make it back,” she says as a tear runs down her face, he places a hand on her shoulder and squeezes it.

“We didn’t survive the battle at Man’Gak Rah because we were lucky, we made it out because we’re good, no, we’re the best at what we do. Sure, this is out of our league in terms size, fuck, no one’s encountered a Tanzi’Rak hive the size of this and made it out to tell the tale, but when we’re trapped in a corner we get out and we survive, that’s what we do, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

“You really believe that, don’t you?”

He grabs her by the waist and pulls her close, “As much as I know I love you,” he says as he kisses her, a scream comes from behind them and he pulls away from her and smiles. “Rosita, play me something with a beat, you know what I like,” he says.

“I have the perfect track,” a computerized voice replies, followed quickly by a disembodies beat that is quickly joined by a synthesiser and guitar, he looks at her, his head bopping back and forth and smiles again as he holds out his hand once more.

“May I have this dance my love?”

She grabs hold of his hand, “You can have all of them,” she says, he lays a boot into the door kicking it to the ground, before them a horde of weird, greenish, insect like creatures storm towards them, screaming in unison as they decent on the two. Quickly he pulls two blaster free from their holsters and begins firing away, as pull a blaster from a holster in his left boot.

“You always take me to the craziest places,” he yells over the blaster fire and screams from the oncoming Tanzi’Rak.

“Well, you’re the one who loves me!”



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