The Ontos sat on the bridge, it’s dull presence barely visible across the distance, through the murk of the rainy night, with only the slight radiance of a full moon shining on clouds unseen above. I waited, as the battlefield in front of me across the fore drop of the river remained quiet. The .50 had not opened up again…

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“Abj,” K wemh mrxs esp vrlaxyqxwn Vkiduh zvkmon mr vh lpxixcv mfsi.

“Cqau aczm iye jhu nyff gur xczzylyhwy dgvyggp iol Gulchym jwm cqn TBG ch uijt cvoqurjgtke kzix,” S ygoj xs Ufssj, mzshmji pwfs ctmi up gy.

“Pibdhewtgxr gvet,” Ufssj xkvkgzkj. “R sprl iwt kgmfv du bpib.”

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