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The Dragon's Flight
The amber light of dawn creeps into your cave, gently awakening you from your slumber. You rear your long, scaly head and sniff at the air, which is ripe with the scent of morning dew, the droppings of various mammals and birds, and of course, the ever-present stench of rotting meat from your private stores. You rise to your feet, your long black talons scraping against the stone floor, and peer over the ledge of your side of the mountain. The crisp autumn air is inviting, and a playful breeze entices you to spread your great leathery wings, to stretch your fingers as wide as they will go. You draw back, coiling your rear legs. Unconsciously, your long, spiked tail curls, lifting itself into the air. With an almighty heave, you launch yourself off the face of the cliff, allowing your wings to fold ever so slightly, and you plummet towards the distant ground, picking up speed. Once you feel that you are going fast enough, you flare your wings, ignoring the searing pain in your shoulders
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To be Human
I've learned many things from my past, and many more from the mistakes of my past. When I look back on my youth and the things I've done (and more importantly, the things I should have done), I find that I can only think: What could I have done differently? Strangely enough, through all of my experiences and mistakes, and the things I've learned from them, I can only count the number of lessons that truly stuck with me on one hand.
Unlike most doctors of my time, I didn't grow up in a wealthy family. In fact, my parents were quite the opposite. Even more so after the crash of America's stock market in 1929, when I turned six years old. I can only consider myself lucky I was still able to start primary school that year.
In my second year of school I got to choose a second language. While most kids decided to study French or Italian, I was one of five kids in my year to choose English. To me, it was just like learning a different version of my own native German. Even from that age
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Gift of the Vril Chapter 7: Evacuation
"Hold still Schweinhund! I'm trying to help you-- augh!" Johannes clutched at his jaw and glared at the man in front of him. His patient offered a sly grin, drawing his fist back for a second time. Johannes twisted to avoid the blow and grabbed his patient's wrist. Thankfully the patient's other hand was tethered to the railing of the bed, giving Johannes an opportunity to reach around his own back and pull out a pre-filled syringe. He uncapped the needle with his teeth and plunged it into the man's exposed arm, causing the patient to howl in pain.
"Oh, hush. It's only a twenty-gauge needle." Johannes said unsympathetically, discarding the empty syringe on the floor and carting the patient to the door. "Patient sedated and ready for evacuation." A nurse nodded and took the bed immediately, then disappeared down the hall, allowing Johannes to move onto the next patient, who was curled up on his bed, head in hands and absolutely trembling.
Johannes took a deep breath and counted t
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A Place Between and Beyond Worlds
The bright, sterile lights of the infirmary burned through Horst's closed eyelids, causing him to grimace in discomfort. Sirens blared in his ears, mingled with shouts and noises of struggling that filled the hospital wing, and Horst sat up shakily and looked around. The entirety of the medical staff was in the infirmary, and it seemed like almost every person was locked in some kind of fight.
Horst struggled to his feet, but fell to the floor immediately. Someone grabbed him under the arms and hoisted him to his feet, and Horst leaned heavily upon his assistor, allowing himself to be deposited back on the gurney. "Where's Johannes?" he asked groggily, shielding his eyes from the blazing white lights over his head.
"They're bringing him up now," the doctor tending to him said absently. "Just try to relax. There's been a major explosion and we're evacuating the facility. The higher-ups think we might be under attack."
"What?" Horst shot back into a sitting position and looked aro
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Gift of the Vril Chapter 5: The Gate
He was walking down a narrow hallway beside his friend, Johannes, gleefully recounting the day's events and laughing at Kurt Metzger's expense. Horst elbowed Johannes and mimicked punching the air, and the pair laughed loudly and paused outside the infirmary. Smiling, Horst turned to his friend. As he did so, he felt that something was terribly wrong. Johannes faced Horst and spoke, but no words came out. Instead, a high-pitched screeching met Horst's ears, accompanied by a horrifying sight: thick, black liquid was slowly seeping out of Johannes' mouth, eyes and nose. Without warning, Johannes lunged towards Horst and wrapped his hands around his throat, the ear-piercing wails louder than ever. Horst's vision was fading now, and he knew this was how he would die. He fell to his knees, now unable to see, with nothing but that otherworldly sound filling his ears.
Horst shot up into a sitting position, panting heavily, and looked around his still darkened bedroom. His face was damp with c
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Gift of the Vril Chapter 4: Hearts and Clubs
"Hilege scheiße..." Horst said quietly.
He looked down at the hand he had been dealt and frowned. The Queen of Spades had somehow found her way to him once again, as did the Jack, Queen, and King of Hearts. To make matters worse, there was no passing them off this round. Will nothing go his way today? He laid down the two of Clubs in the center of the table, and watched as Johannes placed the five of Clubs on top of it. Markus tossed over an Ace, then Klaus finished the round with a three. With no points won this round, Markus took the pile, then threw down the ten of Spades. The hunt had begun.
A six of Spades was thrown on top of the ten. The Queen and the four were the only Spades Horst had this hand. Resigned, he tossed down the lower of the two, and cast a tired look to the left, at Johannes. A King of Spades landed on the pile. Johannes grinned at Horst in a predatory fashion as he pulled the pile towards him and threw down a Jack of Spades. A five landed on to
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Gift of the Vril Chapter 3: Johannes Reiniger
He knew that voice all too well. It was a voice that sparked flashbacks of leisurely card games lasting well into the night, late evenings filled with beer, football and laughter, and sleepless weekends of studying, poring over textbooks and anatomic diagrams. It was the voice of a man who couldn't be more unlike the messy-haired, down-to earth doctor that Horst was, and the voice of one of his closest friends.
Horst groaned as light flooded his pupil, shot through his retina and bombarded his optic nerve. It took him a few seconds to perceive all of that light as an image, but when he could finally make out more than simple blurry shapes, he managed a tired and shaky smile. "Hallo, Johannes."
"Ah, ah, ah. That's Doktor Reiniger to you, Ahlbach." Despite his stern tone, there was a shadow of a playful smirk on the other man's long, pale face. Johannes had a very strict air about him, as he was taller than Horst, and also much thinner. His lanky frame exaggerated his heigh
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Gift of the Vril Chapter 2: The Black Fog
It was quiet. But it wasn't a calm kind of quiet. It was the eerie silence that screamed something was very wrong. When Horst looked around, he saw that he was still in the same room that he had lost consciousness in, but it looked different. The colors were faded, shapes distorted, as if he was seeing them through a thick fog.
On the ground in front of him he saw an oddly misshapen object. It looked crumpled and vulnerable somehow, and seemed extremely out of place. Horst dropped to his knees beside the object, astonished to see that it was a body, the body of a man in a lab coat and boots, a uniform identical to his own. The body was on its right side, curled up in a kind of half fetal position. Its right arm was stretched out along the ground, the fingers pulled into a loose fist; the left arm was simply draped over its chest. Horst reached out to turn the body over, but his hand simply passed through it like smoke. Confused, Horst edged around until he could see the man's face, and
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Gift of the Vril Chapter 1: November, 1938
BASE LOCATION: COASTAL ANTARCTICA
CODENAME: NEU SCHWABENLAND

Ice. That was the only geographical feature visible. Pure white as far as the eye could see. It was like a blank canvas waiting to be painted on, or an empty page, completely devoid of words to upset the desolation. Off the coast of the frozen wasteland lay a vast ocean, deep blue and ceaselessly churning and slapping against the ice. All throughout the waters, vast battleships blocked out large portions of the sea from view, and every now and then, the occasional metallic whale would surface or dive, transporting soldiers and scientists alike between land and boat. Above, the sky was a constant flood of gray clouds that stretched in all directions as far as the ocean and the ice could reach.
Far beneath the surface of the frozen landscape, hidden from the outside world throughout a vast span of history, lay an ancient city known at the time as Excavation Site AF-958. Between the city and the surface of the land lay a
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Something simple
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The Burning House
The burning house. It's a vision that is't unseen. It's a smell that's never truly forgotten. It's a lifelong memory that never fades away. The dead of night comes to life, while the rest of the world is sleeping, and the house that's been called home for many years is up in flames. The windows glow an eerie orange color, faintly illuminating the surrounding walls. The fire trucks approach, and in the distance, their sirens scream into the night, accompanied by ambulances and police cars. It's a hair-raising sound that brings an air of alertness fluttering throughout the atmosphere, but its stopped in its tracks by the thick wall of dark smoke billowing from the roof and windows of the building.
A burning house has the aroma of a campfire, but with a much more vulgar scent underlying it; it's sickening and poisonously sweet, and weighs the lungs down with its heavy smoke, but coughing does nothing, and the need to vomit is overwhelming. Even the normally vile scent of diesel exhaust fr
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The Unknown Mann
It was out of sheer luck that the Medic had gotten the weekend off. He hadn't had a drink in months, and, quite frankly, he felt he deserved one.
The local bar was perfectly empty on Friday evening, which was odd, but the Medic dismissed this and sat down at the farthest end and ordered a drink. The bartender gave him the glass without comment and sat down facing the taps, thumbing through a magazine. The Medic pulled out a small stack of papers and hummed quietly, sometimes muttering a few lyrics as he read over some sheet music. The door to the bar opened and the Medic glanced over at the man who entered. He had a build similar to the Soldier, and a voice to match as the bartender rolled up his magazine and greeted the man with a smile. Tony, as the Barkeep addressed him, sat three seats away from the Medic, a respectable distance, and ordered a drink for himself.
Not keen on picking a fight with this American, the Medic ceased his humming, but continued reading through the piece, ta
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Holy hell, how long has it been since I posted one of these?

So last night I was feeding Harley, my young female Western Hognose, some boiled egg. Needless to say she was very enthusiastic about this rare treat, and me, being perfectly stupid, ended up getting bit by her. Over the past few years, there has been some debate on whether Hognoses are venomous. My personal answer, along with the answers of experts including Al "ViperKeeper" Cortiz, is a firm and resounding yes. Even at approximately six inches (15 cm), she has (relative to her size) long, sharp fangs that she uses (like many species of viper) to grab her food one side at a time and pull it into her mouth. I was punctured twice on the pad of my left middle finger by her left fang, and within a half hour, the fingertip had become red and stiff, not to mention a bit swollen. about an hour and fifteen minutes after the bite, the swelling and stiffness had spread to the second joint, and I could not bend the first joint at all. A half hour after that I took some Benadryl, and an hour after that the swelling began to go down. Now, about 24 hours later, my finger is still a bit swollen and tender, however I've regained full movement of the first joint, and I have two small fang marks on the side of my finger, and an entertaining story to tell to friends.
The amber light of dawn creeps into your cave, gently awakening you from your slumber. You rear your long, scaly head and sniff at the air, which is ripe with the scent of morning dew, the droppings of various mammals and birds, and of course, the ever-present stench of rotting meat from your private stores. You rise to your feet, your long black talons scraping against the stone floor, and peer over the ledge of your side of the mountain. The crisp autumn air is inviting, and a playful breeze entices you to spread your great leathery wings, to stretch your fingers as wide as they will go. You draw back, coiling your rear legs. Unconsciously, your long, spiked tail curls, lifting itself into the air. With an almighty heave, you launch yourself off the face of the cliff, allowing your wings to fold ever so slightly, and you plummet towards the distant ground, picking up speed. Once you feel that you are going fast enough, you flare your wings, ignoring the searing pain in your shoulders from the strain of holding onto nothing, and you immediately begin to glide forward. You pump your wings down and backward, scooping air behind you and lifting you upward, then return them to a gliding position. The sharp wind bites at your eyes and exposed teeth, but it's not enough. You pump your wings, down and backward, then raise them and pull them towards your head, down again, gaining height until you once again become level with your cave. You cock your head to the left, raising your snout ever so slightly, and twist your left wrist forward, allowing air to spill over the wing and pull you into a graceful turn. You level out again, and below you a great sapphire river twists and bends beneath you. You feel the air pushing against your wings, carrying you. Every tiny adjustment you make; the twitch of a single finger, the position of your thumbs, is so important in keeping you on the exact course you're traveling. You battle the tiniest changes in the speed and direction of the wind, you dive or beat your wings every now and then to keep your speed constant, and as you travel over an empty, burnt-looking meadow, it happens. A burst of hot air rises beneath you, warming your empty belly and pushing against your wide, sail-like wings, and you let the thermal carry you high into the clouds, until you can barely see past your own snout. You let loose the tiniest burst of flame, and the clouds disappear. You steer yourself back over the river, and fall into a stoop, plummeting towards the water. At the last possible second, you pull up, but not before reaching down to take a large mouthful of water in your powerful jaws. As you flap yourself back to a safe gliding altitude, you swallow the water, which, lucky enough for you, had a couple of small fish as well. You shake your great scaly head and veer back to your cave, and as you reach the mouth, you swing your powerful legs forward and flap your wings to slow yourself down, then duck your head into the cave and fold your wings rather haphazardly. You let your wings droop lazily, but keep them from dragging along the floor of your cave as you effortlessly navigate the maze you had set out for any potential thieves. After a full ten minutes of twisting, turning and bending, you reach the end, and settle yourself down at your stockpile of food. Carefully choosing the freshest of kills, you dig in greedily.
The Dragon's Flight
In which we take a look into the dragon's mind and take flight with our imagination.
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I've learned many things from my past, and many more from the mistakes of my past. When I look back on my youth and the things I've done (and more importantly, the things I should have done), I find that I can only think: What could I have done differently? Strangely enough, through all of my experiences and mistakes, and the things I've learned from them, I can only count the number of lessons that truly stuck with me on one hand.
Unlike most doctors of my time, I didn't grow up in a wealthy family. In fact, my parents were quite the opposite. Even more so after the crash of America's stock market in 1929, when I turned six years old. I can only consider myself lucky I was still able to start primary school that year.
In my second year of school I got to choose a second language. While most kids decided to study French or Italian, I was one of five kids in my year to choose English. To me, it was just like learning a different version of my own native German. Even from that age I was fascinated by the human body and how it worked, and I knew that all of the best hospitals were in America, so I wanted to be as prepared as possible for when I moved out of Germany to become a surgeon. Alongside my lessons in English I took a course in music, where I discovered my second passion: playing the violin.
I was able to learn English until my fifth year of school, when I turned ten years old. Just a week after the school year started, my father had told me that a lot of things were going to change, "hopefully for the better," he had told me. A few months later, he left "to help out the cause." I never saw him again.
When I started school again, I realized my father had been right. A lot of things had changed. For better or worse, I couldn't say, but things had changed. Among the usual mathematics, music and reading lessons, we also learned about a group of people called Juden, and how they were to blame for ruining our economy by hoarding every bit of money they could for themselves. We were told that these Juden shouldn't be considered true Germans, and that they didn't deserve to be treated as equals. The teachers also talked about what it meant to be a true German, and how we, even though we were still young, could help support our country's cause. Whatever that meant. Being an only child, I wasn't allowed to join the army, but the government trained me in combat anyway. I learned how to shoot handguns and rifles, and I even learned how to ride horseback. I was never a fan of horses, but I trusted the soldiers when they told me it would be a useful skill to have.
I was also told that English was the language of our enemy, and that speaking it would get me in big trouble. Confused, but scared, I promised to never speak English again. As I grew older I learned more and more about the progressing war my country was fighting, and how the Führer was trying his hardest to spread the message that the Juden were evil people who wanted nothing more than to destroy the prosperity of all countries. He tried to make other countries join our empire, but many of them were too fearful of us to do so.
The remaining seven years of my schooling revolved around science and music. I played the violin for many concertos and even wrote a few of my own pieces, but they were never published. I became very involved with learning about local colleges and medical schools, much to the delight of my teachers, who offered me plenty of help with my research.
My seventeenth birthday was one I'll never forget. I had gotten a letter from the government offering me a place at the best medical school in Stuttgart! Finally my passion for learning about the human body had been realized! I could fulfill my dreams of becoming a surgeon at last! A mere week after receiving the letter, I had made myself at home as one of the youngest Medical students in that school's history. I was recognized by my peers and superiors alike for my sheer enthusiasm for learning and exploring.
My first year of study was a crash-course, if you will, on human anatomy and physiology. Admittedly, that was my only year of any formal study. All of my schooling thereafter was strictly hands-on. In the beginning I had downright refused to take a scalpel to living, conscious flesh. My professor, Herr Heilburg, had assured me time and again that although these so-called "patients" shared every physical characteristic of a human, they were, in fact, Juden, the same species that had brought war and famine upon our great country. Each body used for medical study was a sacrifice, an offering for forgiveness. Every person to be put under our blade was a step closer to bringing the motherland peace of mind, assurance that her injuries would be avenged.
After my fifth vivisection I finally saw what Herr Heilburg was talking about. They may look, sound, and even act like us Germans at times, but the truth of the matter was that they would never truly be like us. By the end of 1940 I was able to remove, replace, and transplant every major organ and limb. During my studies I had very little time for music, but I managed to avoid getting too out of practice with my violin.
For my final exam I had to perform a double heart transplant and have both patients live for a minimum of one month. Finding two patients with the same blood and tissue type was hardly a problem; there were so many people on what we called "the waiting list" that we had plenty to pick from. The procedure itself was actually a group project, which took nearly an entire 24 hours to complete. Needless to say, all six of us nearly collapsed from exhaustion after we finished suturing the patients. The next month was nothing short of agonizing.
The day I got my license to practice medicine, I was overjoyed. Some of my classmates invited me to join them for some celebratory drinking the night before the ceremony, but I refused. Instead, I spent the night catching up on some much needed violin practice.
Before I was able to even look at my license, I had to recite the Hippocratic oath. Of course, they didn't expect an eighteen-year-old to remember and recite the entire oath, so they gave me a more concise version that said, "I hereby swear that I shall not intentionally inflict harm upon my patients, for that is not why I am being made a doctor. If harm does come to my patients, however, be it accidental or otherwise, may I find mercy and forgiveness in the eyes of my superiors."
When the ceremony ended, Herr Heilburg pulled me aside. I clearly remember that he was emotional that day. He was obviously proud of me. I had graduated top of my class, not because of my grades (which were, incidentally, perfect) but because of my tenacity and willingness to learn. We had embraced, and I recall trying my damndest to not let my own emotions overcome me. I'll never forget what he told me that day:
"Listen," he addressed me, with his hands on my shoulders. "Practicing medicine is an art. I don't want you to ever be afraid to express yourself through your medium, just like any other artist might. As a musician, you of all people should understand that. Harm will come to your patients at some point in your career; that is an unavoidable fact. It may be from a foolish mistake, or from the testing of a new medical breakthrough, but it will happen. Just remember that making mistakes is human, and you shall never be punished for being human."
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In the following years, I took Herr Heilburg's advice to heart, and truly came out of my shell. I was hired by a so-called Medicinal Renaissance Facility ("Making new and great medical discoveries every day!") that was funded by the government. Although I was working under the National Socialist regime, I was never named an official member of the Party.
The hospital was large and extravagant, and comprised almost entirely of operation rooms. My first lesson upon arrival was that the human brain will automatically shut down after a certain degree of pain, making anesthesia a simple waste of money. My first few surgeries at the hospital were just as traumatizing as those during my training, but I eventually became deaf to what used to be blood-curdling screams. I turned away from their pleas for mercy and forgiveness; they always said the same things. I no longer had any sorrow for them. For every patient that would try to plead and reason with me, five others would fight literal tooth and nail to escape the binds of the surgical table.
Almost every doctor there was around my age. I had concluded that it was because of our seemingly endless creativity and willing acceptance of new lessons. We were encouraged to experiment and try new techniques and procedures, for the hospital thrived on trying new things. Xenotransplantation, or putting animal parts into humans, had fascinated me the most. How well could a pig's heart work when inside of a human? Would the stomach of a baboon function the same way depending on its host?
Herr Heilburg's prediction came true only a few months after I started my career at that hospital. I hadn't gotten any sleep that night; I had been too horrified with myself for ending the life of another human being, a child, no less! I tried to come to terms with it, but even today the face of that little girl, pale as the snow, staring with soulless, unblinking eyes still haunts me. They were brown. My colleagues tried to help me by saying that the deaths of the Juden were avenging all of the German Soldiers who were killed on the front lines. I wanted to believe them, I wanted to be okay with what I had done, but I knew that I could never forgive myself.
Surprisingly enough, Herr Heilburg was telling the truth about one other thing: throughout my career at that hospital I was never once reprimanded for making mistakes, even when those mistakes caused injury and even death to my patients. I suppose I did learn from those mistakes, but eventually it became rather easy to overlook my errors and simply continue with the procedure. So long as the patient survived, the procedure was deemed a success.
As the years went by I recall becoming one of the most proficient surgeons at that hospital. I had made many great discoveries about the human body and how it reacts to different parts of other animals. Many of my findings on Xenotransplantation are common knowledge today. It's a shame my research was never published as my own. The hospital felt that all work was to be divided equally among the surgeons, and therefore the credit for any discovery would be shared among the rest of the surgical team.
Unfortunately, my career at the hospital lasted only five years. It ended along with the German empire, when I turned 22. Luckily I was able to keep my job as a surgeon, but to heal the patients that were brought to me, not learn from them. Standard procedures, such as the removal of tonsils, appendixes, gall bladders and even cesarean sections all became rather dull and routine after the fourth implication. I could never try anything new. It seemed as though the Renaissance period had ended, and I, a once great painter, was reduced to painting nothing more than bowls of fruit.
My subdual lasted less than a year. I needed to continue to express myself with my medium, to show myself, the world, what I was capable of. At the time, I had considered it my crowning medical achievement. I had told the patient that when he woke up he would feel like a new man.
I wasn't lying.
Moments after I finished the surgery I gathered my prize and proof of the procedure's success and left the hospital without a trace. It was the first time in my life that I had ever faced the risk of punishment for what I had deemed a great success. I left Stuttgart the next morning and made my way to a nearby town called Rottenburg. It was a three-hour bicycle ride, and, needless to say I was truly exhausted by the end of it.
I spent the better part of nearly twenty years in that no-name town. I was so thankful that the residents were secluded from the rest of the country. Because of their ignorance I was able to establish a hospital of my own a little more than ten years after I moved in. Needless to say I had developed a… reputation… there, as well. The hospital stood for all of seven years before I was forced to take my leave.
Big news was circulating the area a few days after I was driven out of Rottenburg: The prime minister was holding his wedding in Stuttgart! A plan was quickly unfolding, and I had only a few short days to carry it out.
The caterer left the door wide open. The keys were still in the ignition. The poor bastard even left the damned thing running! It was far, far too easy! I was on the main road and out of sight in minutes! The drive to the northern shore was an agonizing six or seven hours but I, my duffel bag, violin, and the twenty or so doves that had been left in the van made it onto the refugee boat without anyone batting an eye. I developed a very strong bond with one bird in particular; he simply would not leave my side. I decided to name him Archimedes. He seemed to be the leader of his flock, and so the rest of the birds only stayed because he did.
When I arrived in New York City I quickly came to hate the American people. They constantly scoffed at my poor attempts at English, and kicked me out of many establishments. In a way it reminded me of the way we treated the Juden back home, but I had never done anything against America! They had no reason to treat me so poorly! At least we Germans had reason for our treatment of the Juden.
Thanks to my skills with the violin I was able to make enough money to feed myself and my doves. Whatever money I didn't put towards food I used to make my way across the country. It was a slow ten years of travel, but in the end I decided to give up my journey in a desert state called New Mexico. It seemed that the people of New Mexico didn't quite care for violin music, but I still managed to keep myself and the birds fed.
She found me in a run-down café. I was unshaven, hungry, and generally wary of people. When I first saw her I thought that the heat of the day was getting to me. She looked so eerily similar to my first casualty from when I was working at that hospital in Germany that I figured I had to have been hallucinating. If her appearance hadn't gotten my attention, then the things she told me certainly did.
From what I gathered, my entire medical career had been closely monitored for a very long time, and I was one of  the top picks for a job as a mercenary, to fight in a private war over gravel, of all things. Should I accept the job, I would become a field medic for a group of eight other men. Before I could even express my most obvious concerns, I was given some rather interesting details about the job:
I would be given complete financial freedom to do whatever I wanted with my new patients, along with immunity from the law, should I ever be involved in anything illegal. Thanks to a revolutionary technology galled "Respawn," I and the rest of my patients wouldn't have to worry about getting killed, which was guaranteed to happen at some point in the war. My job as the Medic, however, was too keep my teammates from entering through the Respawn System too many times in a single battle.
Before I could even say anything in response to this ludicrous offer, she placed a check in front of me and left, telling me to take a couple of days to think it over.
Within twenty-four hours I had moved into my new laboratory and got the rest of the details of my employment at Mann Co. squared away. I then put my prize from my last great medical achievement on display right next to my desk, and finally let my doves make themselves at home within the laboratory.
When I met up with the rest of my team, I realized what beautifully diverse subjects they were! I knew as soon as I saw them that we would do great things together. In the years I fought in that war I learned many things about myself, my teammates, and medical technology. I developed many great medical tools, including the Über heart module, which made my patients temporarily invincible, and a fair number of Mediguns that healed just about any wound in a matter of seconds.
Although I became quite attached to my teammates, I never let them know much of anything about my life before the gravel wars. The ghosts of my past haunted me then and they still haunt me now, but even though there are still plenty of things I can learn from my past, I'm not one to dwell on mistakes. After all, making mistakes is human.
To be Human
Also published to FanFiction.net at www.fanfiction.net/s/12156378/…, this story offers a rather deep insight to the Medic's past and and how he became who he is today.
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I'm an outdoorsy person who loves adventuring and creatures of al kinds (Except spiders... I don't like spiders... *shudders*). I love reptiles, amphibians, insects, birds and mammals, I'm also fond of drawing, photographing, writing/reading poetry and short stories, and I also like the occasional novel. I'm currently living in Massachusetts, (But I'd MUCH rather live somewhere with less city... MOAR FARMS AND FEILDS AND TREES AND STUFF) Where I'd lived my whole life. To keep my passion of all things nature going, I also have a website, so feel free to check it out!
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