Basic Manipulation

Humans are malleable with the right amount of abuse. The right amount, too much and pop, too little and nothing.

Sergeant First Class Robertson prides himself on knowing when the right amount of abuse has been reached. He has a stern face. He’s divorced. His red rimmed eyes are always angry.

Many people wish him dead.

The doctor says he’s in better shape than a man his age has any right to be.

“You’ll probably live forever Robertson.”

“Won’t Christ be disappointed, Captain Peter?”

“Probably.”

They chuckle.

The private wielded bayonet twists and no Christ won’t be disappointed after all.

Published by Bryan Aiello

Raised on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Bryan served in the Army, graduated from the University of South Florida and now calls Brooklyn home. For more of his fiction and updates on his podcasts, follow him on Twitter: @bryaiello and Reddit: /u/voyage_of_roadkill.

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