Saturday, May 11, 2013

Bits and Pieces

Seems the remaining UAS infiltrators (and doesn't that just sound so very James Bond, calling them that?) weren't as careful as they should have been. After a week of hunting them down Kincaid gave up the chase. The guys were just too good.

Now they're dead. Explosives have a way of doing that to people.

I'm less interested in the details than I am expressing the profound relief all around that this threat is gone, but because some of you will want to know, we did it by setting traps. The rain over the last week has been off and on, but when it has been going it's for hours at a time and never anything as simple as a drizzle. The undead have been using the rain for cover as they attack, and we knew it would only be a matter of time before the infiltrators took advantage of that again.

So we created a few weak spots. Places in the wall where, from the outside, our defense appeared weak. Less people on those sections of wall, damage unnoticed and not repaired. It was a gamble on our part but Dodger and Kincaid were certain it would work. And wouldn't you know it? Presto. Dead enemies.

I wish I knew who was watching from the hiding places, but those names haven't made it this far and probably won't. I'd like to thank whoever it was for braving the outside world, the undead, and managing to stay hidden long enough to observe our enemies coming at us. And further, to thank them for having the fortitude to hit that switch when the time came. It's a hard thing to coldly end lives, even those of our enemies.

It was a risky solution, and one that unfortunately won't work against the larger UAS army. Things on that front have been quiet for a variety of reasons. They weren't going to chase our people back from the front lines, of course, not after all the traps we set for them in the first place. They learned that lesson in blood and death and human suffering. Also because the same problems we're facing here, they're also dealing with: shitty weather and lots of zombies. It's another example of the difference between us. Our people have had to learn the hard way to function without infrastructure and machinery. We can survive out in the wild if we have to, and we know all the little tricks for dealing with zombies.

The UAS is a force definitely powerful enough to crush us if they could hit all at once, but like most traditional military structures--which is a loose comparison, I assure you--they are chained to their vehicles, their supplies, and the support apparatus. Actually, that's false: they're much more attached to those things than the old US military would have been. At least those people were soldiers; these are mostly normal folk pressed into service.

God, I wish we could solve the UAS problem on the large scale the way we took out these men. They're progress across the Union is slow and unsteady, but whatever roadblocks are in their way won't stop them. They're slogging through the mud, mowing down the undead, and working their inexorable way toward our outlying communities. First contact could be as little as a day away.

Then the war stops being 'out there' and begins being at our doorstep.

God help us.

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