Looking For Recruits

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: July 28, 2017

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Looking For Recruits

The Army of the Dead was invincible, at least that was what people believed. And it was true that they could not be beaten by human foe, it being next to impossible to kill what is already dead. But they did have one enemy that could take them on and win. Time!

After a couple of hundred years the composition of bones changed. Quite how to explain it they did not know, but the skeletal structure would weaken and almost begin to disintegrate on its own, let alone from the impact of human attack. It was essential that their numbers remained steady so once every hundred years they would launch a war with the living just to gain recruits. The soldiers would each be expected to serve for two wars, after which they would be retired and left to fall apart in peace.

The night was perfect. A thick drizzly mist blanketed the area where Bardo and Parker were stationed. They did not need the additional cover but they had found such conditions improved the shock element of recruitment. Living humans seemed to find the clackerty noise of their invisible approach really unnerving, and their panic made the whole process so much more fun.

Your first time?” Bardo asked.

Parker gave a slight nod, not too much or his head might slip.

Don’t be nervous, Lad. Just remember one thing; you are dead. They cannot kill you again.”

Oh, I’m not nervous,” Parker replied. “Quite looking forward to it, really.” To demonstrate he swung his chain around almost tangling it in Bardo’s rib-cage.

My last one,” Bardo sounded glum. “I’ll miss these little forays into the land of the living. Have to say, I’m considering going solo. They say there is quite a demand for skeletal mercenaries. Hauntings and that sort of thing.”

Yeah. I see your point. Time would drag so much being bone-idle. If it works out well, come back for me after the next war, would you?”

Sure! But listen, we’re being called into formation. Good luck, Parker. Remember, their loss is our gain; and there’s always some sort of prize for the soldier who recruits the most.”

The two soldiers took their places, adjusting their helmets as they went. The Army of the Dead were on the move, looking to increase their number! If you should hear their approach, hide. That is your only chance of escape, for if you take them on you will soon find yourself fighting alongside them, within their bony ranks!


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