by Gordon Houghton
Copyright 2010 Gordon Houghton
Smashwords Edition, License Notes
This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each person you share it with. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then you should return to Smashwords.com and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.
1 — SOUL CALIBUR
The power. The control. The lightness of the weapon in my hand. I soar across the valley and land with the softest of footfalls. No one hears me. No one sees me until it’s too late. I am the Angel of Death descending upon my enemies.
I run, a frenzy of running, my fingers twitching over the twin triggers; I leap across a narrow stream and wait. But there’s no one else here, not even him. They’re hiding. They’re afraid. I hear panicked gunfire in the distance and smile, wondering if the killing has already begun. I glide toward the sound on feet of air — and I am in the zone now. My whole being shrinks to hands that bond with the buttons they press, eyes that see only a landscape of rocks, trees and crags. I am absorbed by this world, it wraps me in wonder, it’s like being a child again, nothing else matters. And I surrender myself gladly. I am at ease here, in this place of birdsong and water and death.