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Topic: Outbreak (04/07/11)
TITLE: 'Neath the Cawing Crows
By Jim McWhinnie
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We fought for noble causes, us and them. We sacrificed our young for principles we declared divine. In the beginning, the soldiers died one by one and we placed white granite tombstones in their memory. But the ones became the hundreds and the hundreds became the thousands. Then we began to fear that we might know defeat. So the guns became bombs and the bombs became missiles. And when those were all used up and gone, the man-made germs were called upon as last resort. And this, they proved to be - the last resort.
Once loosed into the air, these ungodly creatures evolved into monsters we could not contain. Like fire across a prairie, so the plague did scorch the children of the earth. Our germ warfare turned against our own; their germ warfare turned against their own. In our demonic desperation to kill each other, we kill ourselves.
By some tragic fate, I alone survived – or so it seems. I have seen no other. But still I travel on, searching for the someone I pray is there, somewhere. For hell is not so much a burning place, I have come to know, but rather an empty, lonely place.
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