Once upon a time, I was deputized by Death. Honestly, I never thought it would amount to much, because Death is usually powerful enough to do her own job. But sometimes she does need mortal advocates, as I've found out. But to start this story...
There is a particular strain of alien armor that's made a few appearances on Earth.
|The nearest agent said...||I said...||Death did...||Then...|
|"You're landing in a restricted zone! You're under arrest!"||"You all will fight against me, but you still know my name.
"You may deny my mission, but I come all the same."
|The agent ducks for cover.||We go to the stairwell. The door is locked.|
|(into a walkie-talkie) "Code Red! We're under fire, dammit!"||"You lock your doors against me, but I observe no doors."||The door pops open.||Another agent is behind it, with a pistol.|
|"Hands up!"||"You raise up guns, but what you shoot is mine to take, not yours."||The gun jams. The agent hits me with it. It bounces off. I slam him into a wall, and he falls unconscious.||We go down the stairs to Ted's level, then open the door. An agent lunges at me.|
|"Kiai!" Then he hits me in the gut, and then all around.||"You strike at what you fear the most, with guns and fists and feet.
"But I am what you fight against, so you must know defeat."
|This martial artist isn't hurting me. I slam him down the hallway. This quiets him down.||There's another agent down the hallway. It looks like he was ready for supporting fire.|
|"It's not working! Either he's a lot stronger, or it's not him!"||"You seem to think the thing you fight is just another man.
"But I am something different and I fit into no plan."
|The agent picks up his companion and ducks into one of the rooms.||It's clear now, down to Ted's room. But that's where they ducked.|
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