Copyright 2011 Ian Pattinson
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There wasn’t much left of Otto when they finally found him.
It takes dedication to dissemble a body so thoroughly with only steak knives and a kitchen blender.
Snuffles the tenth and his pack were the deadliest rats on the planet. Spread out through and above the corn, they were about to prove it. The scouts had dropped from under the wings of the drone, the glider pods cutting furrows through the stalks as they landed. Urged on by conditioning and occasional remote reminders, they spread out and headed for the old farm buildings.
Out of the corn's cover, the scouts formed into four groups. Dodging from abandoned vehicle to discarded packing crate to rain gouged trench they made their ways to the nearest buildings. One waited outside as the others investigated. They went through the rooms in order and to plan, little twitches of anxiety telling them when anything too solid blocked communication. Above them, Snuffles circuited in the drone.