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Freedom?I went for a walk the other day, it was an odd day for the Boston area in March. It was 82 out and the sun was bright and shining, when every year before that around this time the threat of one last snow storm was still looming overhead.
But that was yesterday and this was today and who was I to turn up a free day to mediate and tan down the beach. So I went down to my local beach and sat up on the seawall, sun on my face, nice breeze through my hair. I sat there and looked across the bay and over to the city, not a single boat was in the water.
It was wide open, free, minus a few discarded markers, then my eyes shifted to all the houses across the beach, this was a private beach, but most of the property owners let people on to the beach.
But it just irked me for some reason, even though I believe in the owning of land. For some reason it felt wrong, for a single moment. I looked back out to the beach, free, open devoid of property; no homes, no fences, not even boats how could that b
The Panic Room (A Supernatural One-Shot)“Dean…? Dean?”
The name felt like lead on Sam’s tongue, so thick and heavy that he wasn’t sure if the syllable had actually made it past his lips.
The only reason he was aware of something cutting into his neck was the trail of red that was marking a small pathway against the stark fabric of his shirt. The dark suit and tie that usually accompanied the white-collared look were missing, but he couldn’t remember why.
His brother’s name seemed to drop soundlessly into the dark space before him. Everything felt heavy. Dull. Maybe he was dreaming.
But dreams shouldn’t smell of dust and abandonment. They shouldn’t be framed by cobwebs and wallpaper so aged that their floral design has faded into funeral bouquets. They shouldn’t have flickering candlelight and robed figures looking down on you.
No, dreams shouldn’t be like that.
But Winchesters don’t have dreams. They have nightmares. Sam smile
A Turning Point in the Clockwork WarA war of attrition
depends on supply and drawdown,
how much you have and how much you use up.
With personnel, the balance concerns
the influx of recruitment versus
the outflow of casualties, deserters, invalids.
There is only so much loss
that a fighting force can sustain
and still fight.
Pilot Claude Archer was the first
to challenge his invalid discharge.
"I don't need legs to fly," he said,
patting the healed stumps of his thighs.
"My Osprey runs on elbow grease."
The members of the discharge board
paused and looked at each other.
What he said was true.
The Osprey-class fighter jets
relied on hand controls,
and a sharp eye and iron nerve.
Fingers flicked through the stack
of discharge papers -- so many, many pages.
So many soldiers lost, never to fight again.
They could not afford to let slip even one
who might be retained, somehow,
to face the front line once more.
Far less could the war effort spare
one of its best pilots.
So they put Pilot Archer back on the roster,
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