"Prepare ye the Way of the Righteous for Satan is at Hand," read the sign lying on the far side of no-man's-land. The surveillance cameras surrounding the demon infestation blinked on and off. Two squads of soldiers began calling machine gun posts on the perimeter. Lieutenant Colonel McFaddis listened to the reports.
"Sir, we traced the glitch to one of our own stepping on a frayed wire," a soldier said. He barely got the words out as heavy machine gun fire echoed across no-man's-land. The stench of death, skunk, feces, and shrieking demon's halitosis filled C&C.
"The Hell you did," McFaddis said. He dashed from the tent to see a twelve-foot tall demon in no-man's-land. During the glitch, a demon broke through one barrier and was in the middle of no-man's-land. The lumbering creature had fast enough reflexes to knock the RPGs to the side and its armor-like scales protected it from shrapnel. It roared at C&C and pointed to McFaddis. McFaddis braced his Ruger Tropical rifle against a stanchion and blasted the demon between the eyes with a .458 Lott. It went down like a dead elephant and dissolved into foul, stinking putty.
McFaddis turned to the soldier. "That look like a glitch to you?"
Sweat formed on the soldier's brow, his eyes wide in the dim light. "Sir, I--I was told--"
"Is that the guard who told you?" McFaddis nodded at a guard nearby.
"Yes sir, he said that--"
"Shut up, Simmons." McFaddis took a step forward before unloading the .438 into the guard. The demon dropped like a dead man into a pool of pink slime.
"Sir, how--how did you know?"
"Back to work, soldier," growled McFaddis. He didn't need any inquisitive soldiers getting close. Not tonight. No, if this crazy plan of Helixartnys had any chance at all, the idiot man-apes must never suspect his demonic nature. Better nip this in the cradle.
The soldier turned. Before he could speak, he was almost cut in half by the blast of the Lott.
"Men!" roared McFaddis, "get that traitor's carcass out of my sight!"
One of the men hesitated. "Traitor, sir? Simmons?"
McFaddis lifted the rifle. The apes weren't making this easy.
Opening: Dave F......Continuation: Khazar-khum