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PrologueThey say your life passes by your eyes in your dying moment...
They say your life flashes before your eyes in your dying moment. But is that really true. And why? Why would someone want to see their life? To see if it was worth living for? To feel regret of the things you did wrong in your life, to feel sad what you will miss now on or to see how great your life was? If so, I don't want to die anytime soon. I don't want to see my life. I don't want to see how pathetic I was. I only made wrong choices, took wrong paths, did things I regret so much. I didn't accomplish anything, I didn't do anything good in my life. And yet here I am lying, in the cold ground in a red pool. I could feel the pain, my whole body hurt so much. I could hear people screaming, running around. I could hear the distant ambulance sirens. I was staring to the dark cloudy sky. Something white fells to my face, and a cool sensation in my cheek told that it was snowflake, it started to snow. I felt like cryin
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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