HEART SHOTHe gazed at the concrete wall in front of him, lost in his thoughts. Shouts could be heard outside, further away the still distant thunder-like sounds.My platoon has been pointed out to be sent to Japan; I'll arrive in Iwo Jima to fight soon.His hands trembled and made it hard to continue reading the letter. But it didn't really matter, because he had already memorized it all, though the mail had been handed out less than an hour ago.What he longed for, and feared the most, seemed to come true. This should not happen, not like this.A beeping noise followed by clicks disturbed his worries, and everyone's attention turned to Souta, their decoder. A message from the headquarters. Silent waiting.Souta handed the little piece of paper to Captain Ito, whose eyes moved from side to side in his expressionless face, quickly sucking in the information, before he looked up and glanced at every soldier's face."They are here," Ito said. "Find your weapons and get ready."He folded the
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