My name’s Daniel, I was rushed in recruitment on tick one to serve in a two man squad with a guy from the damage division. Our orders are to take a metal mine three ticks from the colony. I was armed with a IW-80 A2 assault rifle, it’s the least powerful rifle our colony has but they gave us extra armor to make up for it. My squad partner, Mike, is a commando. He was trained to use a MK48 rifle at long range to kill his targets. According to my squad leader he wasn’t given the same armor as we were, so I’ll have to cover him if things hit the fan at the mine.
We landed at the mine after a long flight. While we were unloading from the air ship a bullet hit the side of it. It was a rifleman from another colony who had gotten here the same time we did. He was wearing the same heavy armor I was wearing, he must have been from the same division in his own colony. Before the rifleman could fire again, Mike shot him in the side of his leg where there wasn’t any armor. We approached him ordering him to drop his weapon, and asking what colony he had come from. His colony didn’t have a name, but the leader of the colony was named Ketan. We radioed back to the colony telling our commander what had happened, and asking if we should take the rifleman prisoner back to the colony. But, according to our commander, we don’t take prisoners. So, Mike was forced to execute him right there at the mine.
That night on the airship going back to our colony I spent the entire time wondering what would have happened if I was alone at the mine like that rifleman was.
We got a new batch of colonist today, around forty of them. It’s been two weeks since my squad was deployed to the metal mine, and I still see Mike executing that rifleman in my dreams some nights. Was it worth killing a man who was just following orders? Why couldn’t we just have taken him prisoner back to the colony?
Some of the new colonists that came in today were trained to join our military. Apparently the colony the rifleman was from got word of us executing him at the mine and is planning to attack soon. Reports say they have over a hundred infantry leaving their colony tomorrow. A few snipers were trained to defend the wall of the colony while us riflemen and commandos are meeting Ketan’s men out in the field. One of the snipers is named Sasha, she’s one of the new colonists that arrived today.
I was woken up by the alarm sounding in the colony, Ketan’s men were one tick away from our colony. It’s time. My gun nearly slipped out my hands from the sweat coating my hands. Our squad leaders were barking orders to get in formation in the courtyard. As we stood in formation, our commander giving orders for the defense to each squad, I looked around at everyone. Thirty riflemen armed with heavy armor, twenty commandos, and five snipers. Fifty five against one hundred. A lump grew in my throat as I realized the task at hand, we’re going up against an army twice our size.
I was snapped out of my own thoughts by my squad leader ordering my squad to march towards the main gate of the colony. As we approached the gate the giant metal doors creaked open. Trenches had been dug forty feet from the colony wall where we would hold the line with the commandos. As we took position in our section of the trench, Mike jumped in next to me. I could tell by the look on his face that he was just as afraid as I was. The guy that held his gun steady and executed that rifleman at the mine was gone, and replaced by someone visibly shaking in fright. Before I could say something to him and bullet hit the dirt right in front of me.